Thursday, August 16, 2012
Ron Washington confident in Derek Holland
By Ian Begley / ESPNNY.com
NEW YORK -- The Rangers are one loss away from being swept in the Bronx. And it's up to starter Derek Holland to get things turned around Thursday.
Manager Ron Washington is confident his left-hander can get the job done.
"I certainly expect him to go out and keep us in the ball game," the manager said.
But if Holland's recent statistics are any indication, he may be in for a long afternoon Thursday.
Holland has struggled mightily against the Yankees over the course of his career. And he's hit a rough stretch of the season.
He is 1-2 with a 5.71 ERA in his last five starts. While he was a hard-luck loser against Detroit in his last start, Holland had given up at least six runs in three of his previous six starts. He's also allowed a team-high 22 homers.
Washington hopes that Holland's confidence can carry over from his last start, when he allowed three hits in 7 2/3 innings against Detroit.
"I think his confidence is high right now," the manager said.
Holland doesn't have a good regular-season history against the Yankees.
He is 0-5 with 9.09 ERA in six career regular-season starts against New York.
Some key Yankees have had their way with the lefty. Derek Jeter is 9-for-16 with three doubles and two RBIs in his career against Holland. Robinson Cano is 7-for-19 with a triple, homer and five RBIs and Mark Teixeira is 7-for-18 with three homers and eight RBIs.
In order to have success Thursday, Holland needs to locate all four of his pitches well. And if he's going to miss, Holland needs to miss off of the plate, according to Washington.
"In certain counts, he's trying to get the ball in certain spots, and he's missing," Washington said. "You don't want to miss over the plate, and that's what's happening."