Texas Rangers left-hander Derek Holland had the type of outing on Sunday that might ordinarily be cause for alarm. He was erratic in his start against the Seattle Mariners, leaving in the fifth inning having thrown more balls (49) than strikes (43) on the day.
By his own admission to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News, Holland was 'terrible' - but he wasn't feeling the effects of anything else. "I'm not tired, that's the last thing I want to hear," he told Grant. He continued: "I'm not very happy with it. I'm supposed to be a guy that they can count on. There are no excuses. I've just got to get back to being me."
Next weekend, the Rangers will head across the state for a showdown series with the Houston Astros. Texas recently reclaimed the AL West lead by sweeping the Astros in a four-game set at Globe Life Park, so next weekend's series should be rather intense.
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Holland will pitch in the Saturday game, and spoke quite frankly when discussing his expectations for that start: "I'll be ready for Houston," he told Grant. "I can guarantee that."
As for his thoughts on one of his aces having a tough day at the office, manager Jeff Banister told Grant that he definitely will pay close attention to Holland: "I'm not really concerned, but I've got to have my antennae up. You have to be alert. He's one of our best, and we want to have him ready to go."