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Derek Holland | Starting Pitcher

Team: Texas Rangers
Age / DOB:  (29) / 10/9/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 215
Bats / Throws: Switch / Left
College: Wallace State CC
Contract: view contract details

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Derek Holland lasted just two-plus innings Monday, getting rocked for six runs in a loss to the Blue Jays.
Holland put the Rangers in a 2-0 hole five pitches into the game after a Ben Revere bunt single and Josh Donaldson home run. He served up two more longballs after that, overall yielding five hits and a walk without recording a strikeout. It was a bad matchup for the southpaw from the start, as he really struggled at the end of the regular season and the Blue Jays crush lefties. Whether Holland will get another start in the ALCS should the Rangers make it remains to be seen. Oct 12 - 8:03 PM

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Rangers manager Jeff Bannister announced Saturday that Derek Holland would start a potential Game 4 in the ALDS if necessary.

Martin Perez will take the ball in what could be series-clinching Game 3. If the Rangers are unsuccessful there, it'll be Holland getting the ball for Game 4. The Rangers would then have their choice of Yovani Gallardo and Cole Hamels in a pivotal fifth game should the Jays force one.
Oct 10 - 3:52 PM

Derek Holland surrendered three runs and three hits in 6 1/3 innings Thursday in a victory over the Angels.

Holland pitched tonight after suffering a bruised middle finger in his previous start, and he was plenty strong until giving up Albert Pujols' homer in the sixth. The third run in the seventh came after he hit a batter with a one out and was pulled. Holland's abbreviated regular season ends with a 4-3 record and a 4.91 ERA. He'll likely start in the ALDS if the Rangers make it.
Oct 1 - 11:51 PM

Derek Holland (finger) has been cleared to start on Thursday against the Angels.

Holland was hit in the left middle finger by a liner Saturday, and while he's still a bit sore, he got through a bullpen session Monday without any major issues. The lefty has struggled his last four times out, posting an 8.59 ERA.
Sep 28 - 6:39 PM

Derek Holland (finger) will throw a bullpen session on Monday.

Holland was hit on the left middle finger with a line drive during his start Saturday. It didn't force him from the outing, but the finger is sore and he's not a given to make his next scheduled start. How he fares Monday will go a long way in determining his status.
Sep 28 - 4:43 PM

Derek Holland hasn't played catch yet but doesn't think his ailing left middle finger will keep him from making his next start.

Holland was smoked by a comebacker during Saturday's start. Although it didn't force him to leave the game, it's certainly possible it contributed to his struggles. He'll be re-evaluated in a few days before the Rangers decide if he's indeed fine to take the ball on Thursday against the Angels.
Sep 27 - 12:28 PM

Derek Holland struggled in a no-decision against the Astros on Saturday, surrendering four runs on seven hits over his five innings of work.

Holland walked two and struck out one on the afternoon. He was staked to an early 3-0 advantage, but was unable to keep the Astros offense at bay. All of the damage against him came via the long ball, with Carlos Correa socking a pair of dingers and Jose Altuve adding a solo shot. As expected, Holland has been inconsistent since his return from the disabled list. He'll carry a 4.99 ERA and 1.34 WHIP into his final regular season start against the Angels on Thursday.
Sep 26 - 4:32 PM

Derek Holland had nothing in Sunday's loss to the Mariners, yielding seven runs on seven hits over 4 1/3 innings.

Egads. The Mariners didn't truly break through against Holland until the fifth inning, but boy howdy did they break through. The M's scored six runs in that frame, highlighted (or lowlighted, depending on your point of view) by a three-run homer off the bat of Robinson Cano. The tough outing boosted Holland's ERA from 3.77 to 4.75. Not only were the hits plentiful, the 28-year-old southpaw also handed out five walks. He's allowed at least five runs in each of his last three starts, but will try to right this fetid stretch in a road start against the Astros next time he toes the rubber.
Sep 20 - 6:28 PM

Derek Holland allowed five runs on 10 hits over 5 2/3 innings in a no-decision Tuesday against the Astros.

It was a gutsy performance that teetered on the edge of disaster, as Holland managed to keep the Rangers in the game but was always one pitch away from having it all fall apart. The southpaw walked two and struck out just one, an indication of just how little he had working in the start. The no-decision leaves him at 3-2 with a 3.77 ERA and 1.14 WHIP in seven starts. He'll hope for a better result Sunday against the Mariners.
Sep 16 - 12:42 AM

Derek Holland will move up a day to start on Tuesday against the Astros.

The Rangers are simply flip-flopping him with Martin Perez, who will now take the ball Wednesday. The news is good for Holland's fantasy owners, as it means he'll now get two starts this week.
Sep 14 - 5:26 PM

Derek Holland was knocked around in Thursday's loss to the Mariners, surrendering five runs on nine hits over his seven frames.

Holland punched out five and walked two on the afternoon. He was locked in a pitcher's duel with Felix Hernandez until his final inning, where the M's erupted for three runs, capped off by a two-run bomb from Nelson Cruz. After looking stellar through his first five starts in his return from the disabled list, this was the first real stumble for the left-hander. He'll carry a 3.13 ERA and 0.99 WHIP into Tuesday's start against the Astros.
Sep 10 - 6:15 PM

Derek Holland was outstanding again on Saturday night, limiting the Angels to one earned run over eight innings in a big 2-1 victory for the Rangers.

Anaheim managed only three hits against Holland, who shut down the Orioles in a complete game victory last Sunday and now boasts a 2.37 ERA, 0.86 WHIP, and 25/3 K/BB ratio over 30 1/3 innings (five starts) this season. He's becoming the story of the stretch run for the Rangers, who have a lead of 1 1/2 games in the race for the second American League Wild Card spot. Holland gets the Mariners in Seattle next.
Sep 6 - 12:03 AM

Derek Holland pitched one of the best games of his career in Sunday's 6-0 win over the Orioles, striking out 11 and allowing just three hits in a complete game shutout.

Simply spectacular work by Holland. Adam Jones hit a double against the 28-year-old southpaw, but otherwise, he allowed almost nothing. Through three starts since returning from the disabled list, he's surrendered six runs in 21 1/3 innings. He'll try to match this effort when he carries his 2.82 ERA and 0.94 WHIP into a road date with the Angels next Saturday.
Aug 30 - 5:54 PM

Derek Holland allowed four runs, including three home runs, over six innings in a no-decision against the Blue Jays on Tuesday.

All four of the Jays' runs came by way of the long ball, as Chris Colabello and Edwin Encarnacion hit solo homers and Jose Bautista added a two-run shot against Holland. The southpaw yielded seven hits and a walk over his six innings, striking out three. Holland has a 4.73 ERA and 1.35 WHIP through three starts on the year. He'll make his third start off the disabled list Sunday against the Orioles.
Aug 25 - 11:49 PM

Derek Holland showed little rust in his first start since returning from the disabled list on Wednesday, allowing two runs on eight hits over 6 1/3 innings in a 7-2 win over the Mariners.

Holland had made just one start this season prior to being sidelined with a shoulder injury. You wouldn't have known it on Wednesday, as he seemed to have no problem hopping back into big league action. The 28-year-old southpaw struck out six without walking a batter. He surrendered solitary runs in the fifth and sixth inning, but otherwise kept the scoreboard clean. Injuries had limited him to just six starts over the last two seasons, but in a healthy 2013, he pitched to a 3.42 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 189/64 K/BB ratio over 213 innings. Owners should naturally temper their expectations given the long layoff, though. Holland will look to continue to work into game shape in a home date with the Blue Jays next Tuesday.
Aug 19 - 4:49 PM