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With Wednesday’s 5-4 win over Houston, the Rangers swept the three game series against the Astros and finally capitalized on a quality start from Derek Holland.
This season we have seen Holland reach a level of consistency any team would love to have from their number two pitcher.
Holland has a 2.65 ERA in his last 10 starts. In six of those games, he allowed two runs or fewer and even pitched a shutout against Oakland. The sad stat hidden in Hollands beautiful outings is that he is 3-2 and the team is only 6-4 during that stretch.
For whatever reason, this season, the Rangers don’t seem to be able to come through for Holland like they do for some of the other guys in the rotation. From the bullpen to the lineup, Holland seems to be on his own most nights.
When Texas lost to Seattle last Friday, it was the club’s eighth blown save of the year. It was also the fourth failed save on a night Holland was the starter.
Entering last Friday’s game, Texas had the fewest blown save in the majors with seven. Over the course of the season, Hollands has provided Texas with eight opportunities to earn a save and the Rangers have blown it four times. That’s half of the teams blown save total.
Holland didn’t give up an earned run in Texas 3-1 loss against Seattle last Friday. Against the Yankees on July 25, Holland allowed two runs and the Rangers lost 2-0. Holland gave up three runs against Baltimore on July 19, and Texas lost 3-1. Finally, he allowed two runs against the Mariners back on July 3, and the Rangers managed to lost 2-4.
Texas has surged to the top of the American League West in the recent weeks and its offense is providing runs support consistently. Hopefully that means Texas can find ways to support Holland, much like they did Wednesday night.
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