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Derek Holland thrives in return to big leagues

May 13, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

Derek Holland went 8-13 with a 6.12 ERA in 138.1 innings as a rookie last season, but the 23-year-old southpaw resumed dominating at Triple-A to begin this season and shut out the Mariners for six innings Wednesday night after replacing the injured Matt Harrison in the rotation.
For the long term Texas’ hitter-friendly ballpark is a poor fit for Holland because he’s a fly-ball pitcher, but his raw stuff is among the best of any young lefty in baseball and he earned the call-up with a 0.97 ERA and 37/7 K/BB ratio in six starts at Triple-A.

  1. mike - May 13, 2010 at 9:11 AM

    they played the A’s last night not the Mariners

  2. t ball - May 13, 2010 at 10:29 AM

    I’ve seen different park factors on different sites, but they suggest that lefties don’t have as much trouble in Arlington as righties. The park is friendlier to lefty hitters than righties in power terms.

  3. mike - May 13, 2010 at 12:27 PM

    Last nights game the rangers hit 5 HRs. Several where thanks to the Arlington jet stream. I know its just one game but a good sign he worked around conditions conducive to cheap HRs.

  4. APBA Guy - May 13, 2010 at 1:08 PM

    Last night he kept the A’s off balance by mixing his speeds well and commanding his fastball. Where he got in trouble last year was hanging his breaking stuff after missing the zone with fastballs to start a sequence. He’s got very good stuff, and with some additional seasoning and maturity he can be a quality pitcher for the Rangers, especially if he pounds the ball in against right-handed hitters, because t-ball is absolutely right about the park effects in Texas, it’s relatively more difficult to put one out to left than to right.

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