Rangers left-hander Derek Holland will start Game 4 of the ALDS, if necessary, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. Whether or not Holland pitches in the first round of the playoffs will depend on how the Rangers fare in Sunday's Game 3. But if they fail to come away with the victory, Holland will get the ball in Monday's Game 4. Holland finished the regular season with a 4.91 ERA in 10 starts.
Rangers starter Derek Holland (4-3) tossed 6 1/3 innings in a win over the Angels on Thursday, giving up three runs on three hits and three walks while striking out six. In his first outing of October, Holland did what he hadn't done since his first outing of September -- he posted a quality start. In the prior four games, Holland had been bombarded for 21 runs on 33 hits, so this was quite the turnaround. It's unclear whether that effort will guarantee him a playoff start, though, considering that Holland's second consecutive injury-shortened regular season ended with a 4.91 ERA and 1.30 WHIP.
Rangers starter Derek Holland came away with a no-decision Saturday, allowing four runs on seven hits (including three home runs) and two walks over five innings while striking out one. Carlos Correa took him deep twice, but even when he's not serving up gopher balls Holland has been struggling, racking up an 8.59 ERA over his last four starts. He'll get one more start this season, at home against the Angels on Thursday in what could be a huge game in the AL playoff race.
Rangers pitcher Derek Holland gave up five runs on 10 hits and two walks while striking out one over 5 2/3 innings Tuesday against the Astros. All nine of Houston's starters had at least one hit off Holland, who was probably left in a bit too long Tuesday. He has now given up 10 runs on 19 hits and four walks over his last two starts (12 2/3 innings), so owners should proceed with caution over the final weeks of the season. Holland's next start will come at home Sunday against the Mariners.
Making his sixth start of the season, Rangers left-hander Derek Holland pitched better than his line would suggest in the 5-0 loss to the Mariners on Thursday. Holland allowed five runs on nine hits over seven innings. He walked two and struck out five, throwing 65 of his 101 pitches for strikes. Holland (3-2, 3.13 ERA) served up a two-run double to Mark Trumbo in the first inning, and then put up goose eggs over the next five frames. But things fell apart for him in the seventh, when he allowed an RBI single followed by a two-run home run to Nelson Cruz. Thursday marked the first time this year that Holland allowed more than four runs. He came into the game with a miniscule 0.53 ERA in his previous two starts.