Holland pitched out of the bullpen in Wednesday's 8-2 loss to the Cubs, working five innings while giving up five runs (three earned) on five hits and two walks while striking out five.
Holland had been lined up to start Wednesday heading into the week, but he ended up shifting to the bullpen after the Pirates brought back staff ace Joe Musgrove (triceps) from the injured list. Making his first start since Aug. 4, Musgrove was pulled after three frames (46 pitches), resulting in manager Derek Shelton calling on Holland to eat some innings. Though Holland wasn't particularly effective during his time on the mound, he at least saved the Pirates' bullpen heading into Thursday's series finale. The Pirates will temporarily require a sixth member of the rotation during Friday's doubleheader, but Holland's 83-pitch relief appearance Wednesday will take him out of the mix for the nod. Instead, Cody Ponce looks like the most likely candidate to make a spot start.
Holland (1-2) gave up eight runs on six hits and four runs while striking out eight over five innings in a loss to the Brewers on Friday.
Three of the hits Holland allowed left the yard, as Jedd Gyorko, Ryan Braun and Jacob Nottingham all took him deep. The 33-year-old Holland saw his ERA inflate to 7.62 with a 1.52 WHIP and 31 strikeouts in 28.1 innings this season. He's allowed 10 homers across six appearances -- Holland will need to keep the ball in the yard to find success in his next start, currently set for Wednesday versus the Cubs.
Holland (1-1) earned the win Saturday against the Brewers after allowing one run on four hits with five strikeouts and three walks over five innings.
The veteran southpaw wasn't overly sharp as he delivered only 54 of his 99 pitches for strikes, but he generated 12 swinging strikes and was able to limit Milwaukee to a solo homer from Jedd Gyorko. Holland has a 6.17 ERA, 1.41 WHIP and 23:9 K:BB across 23.1 innings and lines up to pitch during Thursday's doubleheader in St. Louis.
Holland (0-1) was charged with the loss Saturday against the Tigers after surrendering nine runs on 13 hits over five innings. He had six strikeouts and one walk.
The 34-year-old gave up only one homer through his first two starts, but Detroit went deep off him a whopping five times during Saturday's contest, including four times in his first 12 pitches. The ugly outing leaves him with an 8.27 ERA and 1.53 WHIP through 16.2 innings. Holland will look for a rebound performance Thursday at Cincinnati.
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).
Holland, who was included in the team's 60-man player pool, is likely to serve as the team's fourth starter.
The season-ending injury to Chris Archer secured Holland's rotation spot. The lefty compiled a 3.95 ERA in 13.2 innings this spring, though five of the 10 hits he allowed left the ballpark. He gives the Pirates a known pitching commodity at age 33, but he's failed to register an earned run average under 4.91 in five of the last six seasons.
Following the injury to Steven Brault (shoulder), Holland becomes the frontrunner for the team's No. 5 spot in the starting rotation.
He's pitched well in two outings, allowing two runs in 4.1 innings with seven strikeouts. Aside from 2018, when he compiled a 3.57 ERA for the Giants, Holland hasn't finished with an earned run average lower than 4.91 since 2014. The lefty does have a favorable pitcher's park for southpaws in PNC Park, however.
Holland allowed two runs on three hits in 1.2 innings Sunday. He struck out five without walking a batter.
The lefty is competing with Steven Brault and perhaps Chad Kuhl for the team's fifth starter spot. He surrendered an opposite-field homer on the game's second pitch but then settled down with a solid outing. Holland has an opt-out at the end of spring training if he's not on the team's Opening Day roster. Brault, who has one minor-league option remaining, retired the side in order on eight pitches (six strikes) Sunday.
Holland joined the Pirates on a minor-league deal Friday, Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic reports.
Holland will receive a big-league camp invitation as part of the deal and can opt out if he doesn't make the Opening Day roster. The veteran spent the majority of the 2019 campaign in the bullpen for the first time in his career and didn't experience much success, struggling to a 6.08 ERA in 84.1 innings with the Giants and Cubs. His ERA has now come in north of 6.00 in two of the last three seasons.
Holland is now a free agent after the Cubs declined to exercise his club option for the 2020 season Saturday.
Holland was acquired by the Cubs from the Giants ahead of the trade deadline, but he posted worse numbers after the move with a 6.89 ERA, 1.53 WHIP and 11:10 K:BB over 15.2 innings for Chicago. The 33-year-old began the season as a starter before being shifted to the bullpen and ended up finishing the year as somewhat of a left-handed specialist.
Holland (2-5) took the loss Sunday against the Cardinals, allowing seven runs on five hits and four walks across two innings.
Holland was making his first start since May and it didn't go well. The lefty finishes 2019 with a 6.08 ERA and 1.51 WHIP across 84.1 innings of work. It was a disappointing campaign for Holland, who turned in a respectable 3.57 ERA and 1.29 WHIP in 36 games (30 starts) a season ago. He could get a look as a back-end starter or long reliever in 2020, though he likely won't carry much fantasy value.
Holland is scheduled to start Sunday's season finale at St. Louis, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Holland began the season as a starter for the Giants but hasn't made a start since May. The veteran lefty topped 20 pitches only twice in 19 outings since joining the Cubs, so he figures to be the first in a long list of relievers set to pitch. Holland has a 3.29 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 11:6 K:BB across 13.2 frames since the trade.
Holland (wrist) was reinstated from the 10-day injured list Tuesday, Bruce Levine of 670TheScore.com reports.
Holland needed just one rehab appearance with High-A South Bend before getting the green light to return to the majors. He was placed on the IL on Aug. 25 due to a left wrist injury but was able to come back after the 10-day minimum.
Holland (wrist) will start a rehab assignment Sunday with High-A South Bend, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Holland landed on the injured list last Sunday after being hit by a comebacker on the left wrist earlier in the week, so he may only spend a game or two in the minors before rejoining the big-league club. The 32-year-old has a 4.66 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 8:3 K:BB over 9.2 innings since being acquired by the Cubs in late July.
Holland (wrist) was placed on the 10-day injured list Sunday, Bruce Miles of the Chicago Daily Herald reports.
Holland took a comebacker off his left wrist Wednesday and pitched again Friday, so it appeared as if it was a non-issue. However, the lefty is likely still battling some discomfort in his throwing hand, so the Cubs decided to give him some time to recover. The team recalled infielder David Bote in a corresponding move.
Holland was credited with a blown save as he allowed a walkoff grand slam in Thursday's 7-5 loss to the Phillies.
The Cubs entered the ninth inning up 5-1, but Rowan Wick and Pedro Strop were ineffective, which set the stage for Holland to face Bryce Harper with the bases loaded and the score 5-3. Harper then blasted a 2-2 sinker into the right field seats to end the game and give Holland his first blown save of the season. The lefty now has a 5.59 ERA this season, and he figures to remain in a lower-leverage role for the Cubs.
|Last 7 Games|
|09/20||vs STL||L 1-2||1||1.0||3||2||0||0|
|09/15||@ CIN||L 1-4||2.0||0||0||0||1|
|09/14||@ CIN||L 4-9||1.1||2||1||0||3|
|09/12||@ KC||L 4-7||1.0||1||0||0||2|
|09/05||vs CIN||L 2-6||2.0||1||1||0||3|
|09/02||vs CHC||L 2-8||5.0||5||3||2||5|
|08/28||@ MIL||L 1-9||1||5.0||6||8||4||8|
|More Pitching Stats|
|Minor League Pitching Stats|
|2010||AAA-Oklahoma City Redhaw||62.0||11||11||0||6||2||0||51||18||50||1.89||1.097|
|2012||AAA-Round Rock Express||9.0||2||2||0||0||2||0||5||2||11||6.00||1.444|
|2014||AAA-Round Rock Express||15.1||4||4||0||2||1||0||19||8||20||5.96||1.854|
|2015||AAA-Round Rock Express||8.2||3||3||0||0||1||0||14||5||9||5.49||1.707|
|2016||AAA-Round Rock Express||10.0||3||3||0||0||0||0||8||4||11||4.50||1.500|
|2019||AFX-South Bend Cubs||1.2||1||0||0||0||0||0||2||0||2||15.00||1.667|