Texas Rangers: John Lester
October, 14, 2011
By Jean-Jacques Taylor | ESPNDallas.com
For some reason, the Rangers tend to swing the bats well when Derek Holland pitches.
That's a trend the 25-year-old lefty would like to see continue in Game 6 of the ALCS, if for no other reason than it provides some margin for error.
Actually, during the regular season, Holland led the AL in run support by nearly a full run over Boston's John Lester, who received 6.86 runs per game.
The Rangers scored 6+ runs in 17 of Holland's starts. How absurd is that? They scored at least three runs in 28 of his 32 starts.
Holland, though, must uphold his end of the bargain by pitching well, something he didn't do in his last start when he lasted just 2.2 innings in Game 2. Scott Feldman saved the day with 4.1 innings of superb relief.
The Rangers need a much better performance from Holland, who is capable of giving it to them. Holland had such an adrenaline rush in Game 2 that he could never settle down and find a rhythm no matter what Mike Napoli or Ron Washington told him on the mound or in the dugout between innings.
It happens sometimes.
The Rangers can't afford for it to happen again.