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Derek Holland is playing the “nobody believes in us” card

Feb 20, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT

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Derek Holland pitches for the two-time defending American League champions. A team which won its division by ten games last season and which signed the most sought-after pitcher on the market in Yu Darvish.

When 2012 season previews start appearing soon, you’ll see many people pick the Rangers to win the AL West.  Most gambling websites have the Rangers as one of the best bets in baseball, listing them at 10/1 to win the World Series, behind the Yankees, Tigers and Angels (the Angels are at 13/2). By any measure, therefore, the Rangers are considered to be a strong contender. A good team that, if things break right, could be great.

Yet, for some reason, Holland thinks everyone is counting the Rangers out. Here he was in the radio yesterday:

The thing that kills me is that we’re being ruled out again. Nobody realizes what we’ve done. We’ve got the same team as we did last year, and it’s like we don’t have a chance to go anywhere. It’s like they’re ruling us out from even making the playoffs.

Sure, maybe it stinks that the gambling websites like the Angels more (or at least think that favoring them will separate gamblers from their money more easily), but I defy Holland or anyone else to find me an example of someone “ruling the Rangers out from even making the playoffs.” I bet there isn’t one reputable commentator who does so this year.

But hey, if it makes Holland feel better to think that, more power to him.

  1. proudlycanadian - Feb 20, 2012 at 3:11 PM

    Mr. Nobody is notorious; however, I give him a lot of credit for believing in the Rangers, Santa, the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy.

  2. jimbo1949 - Feb 20, 2012 at 3:12 PM

    “We’ve got the same team as we did last year” well minus Wilson and the Angels are much improved. But that doesn’t play as well in this pity party.

    • bubba56 - Feb 20, 2012 at 4:07 PM

      Let’s see, Yu Darvish has never thrown a major league pitch but he’s supposed to replace CJ in the rotation? Right, and Cespedes is gonna hit .300 with 30 home runs for the As this year. And then there’s the little Josh Hamilton issue. that is “brewing.” Is he gonna have his head on right all year? I pick the Angels to win the AL West by five games. Maybe Texas will win the second wild card spot, assuming they have a better record that the Yanks, BoSox and Marlins.

      • jwbiii - Feb 20, 2012 at 4:45 PM

        The Marlins changed leagues? Hey, Old Gator!

      • cur68 - Feb 20, 2012 at 5:10 PM

        Better not tell him, given his antipathy for ‘designatedhitterball’…

      • baseballisboring - Feb 20, 2012 at 7:13 PM

        This is one of those posts where pointing out every individual bit of idiocy would take way longer than I want to spend on one post. So I give you a thumbs down, and go about my evening.

  3. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Feb 20, 2012 at 3:15 PM

    So…your fans don’t believe in you, Derek? They ruled you out? They don’t know what you’ve done? Dude.

  4. marshmallowsnake - Feb 20, 2012 at 3:46 PM

    Well, he is right. I sure don’t. Case closed.

    • proudlycanadian - Feb 20, 2012 at 4:28 PM

      You may not believe in the Rangers, but a gent named NOBODY does.

  5. pisano - Feb 20, 2012 at 4:32 PM

    The Rangers are still the team to beat in the West. They have an awesome line-up, they have starting and relief pitching, and if Darvish isn’t all that he’s built up to be they should still have a solid staff. The Angels will be right behind the Rangers, but the operative word is behind.

  6. baseballisboring - Feb 20, 2012 at 5:20 PM

    Clearly he’s only spoken to really confident Angels fans.

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