Holland didn't factor into the decision in Monday's 5-4 loss to the Twins, allowing four runs on four hits and two walks over 5.2 innings. He struck out five. The southpaw cruised through five scoreless innings before suddenly hitting the wall in the sixth, with Max Kepler's two-run double finally chasing Holland from the game. He tossed 86 pitches (54 strikes) in the outing, and the 33-year-old has been able to give the Bucs some length in the rotation if nothing else. Holland will be an intriguing streaming option in his next outing, scheduled for Saturday at home against the Tigers.
Holland allowed two earned runs on two hits and three walks while striking out five across 5.2 innings against the Brewers on Tuesday. He did not factor into the decision. Holland showed erratic control, also hitting a batter and advancing a runner on a wild pitch. On the other hand, he generated 15 called strikes and 11 swinging strikes on 90 total pitches, showcasing some deceptiveness. It was a fairly strong debut with the Pirates for Holland, though he'll draw a tough matchup in his next start Monday at the Twins.
Holland is scheduled to start Tuesday against the Brewers, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. The veteran left-hander opens the season as the Pirates' No. 4 starter, but he'll end up pitching the fifth game of the season. Holland also lines up to start Sunday against the Cubs for a two-start week. He mostly worked out of the bullpen last season between the Giants and Cubs and posted a 6.08 ERA and 1.51 WHIP over 84.1 innings.
The Pirates selected Holland's contract Thursday. Since he joined Pittsburgh on a minor-league deal over the winter, Holland wasn't added to the 40-man roster until Thursday, but his spot in the big-league rotation had been fairly secure since spring training concluded. He's expected to begin the 60-game season as the Pirates' fourth starter, with his first turn likely to come in Monday's home opener versus the Brewers.
Holland gave up three runs (two earned) on five hits and one walk in three innings Wednesday. He struck out a pair of batters. He served up a home run to Carlos Santana. In 2019, Holland surrendered 17 homers in only 68.2 innings for San Francisco, compiling a 5.90 ERA and 1.50 WHIP. The lefty will start one of Pittsburgh's first home games against the Brewers. The team would likely be satisfied with an earned run average somewhere around 5.00 from Holland -- his exact mark over the last five seasons (148 appearances).