Friday, July 13, 2012
Halfway home: Can Derek Holland return to form?
By Richard Durrett
We continue our look at some of the second-half questions with the pitching staff.
Question: Can Derek Holland return to form?
Holland signed a long-term contract in spring training and after his sensational outing in Game 4 of the World Series and a consistent, solid second-half in 2011, he appeared primed to help lead the rotation in 2012. It hasn't happened. Perhaps the innings caught up to Holland. He threw 198 innings in the regular season and another 35 1/3 innings in the postseason.
This season, Holland is 5-4 with a 5.05 ERA in 13 games (12 starts). Holland was inconsistent in the first half last year, going 7-4 with a 4.68 ERA in 18 starts. Then, Holland turned it on. He went 9-1 with a 3.06 ERA in his final 14 starts and then ended his season with Game 4 in the World Series.
The Rangers need to see the 2011 second-half Holland in this second half. One plus to Holland's disabled list stint is that he should be rested. He's had one start after returning and had a quality outing. He'll start things off tonight in Seattle for the club in the second half and gets a chance to see if he can put the first half behind him and pitch like he did in 2011.