There was a lot of attention paid to Derek Holland last season after a very good 2011 year. Holland fell short of expectations with a 12-7 record and 4.67 ERA and with the Texas Rangers not as good as last season, Holland probably won’t be any better this year. Holland went 16-5 with a 3.95 ERA during the 2011 season and with the Rangers coming off two straight World Series appearances, many fans and experts believed that Holland could be headed towards the top of the Texas rotation. That surely isn’t happening now.
Holland is probably more famous for his impressions than his pitching which is a double-edged sword. There is zero doubt that the impressions are pretty much dead-on, but I think Holland should be more focused on his pitching over making sure he can do Harry Caray’s voice perfectly. The biggest issue I had with Holland’s season was that the Rangers gave Holland over five runs of support on average per start and he could only go 12-7 with all those runs.
If Holland wants to be taken seriously as an MLB pitcher, he must get back to what made him successful and that’s winning games. The Rangers are not as good this season since Mike Napoli and Josh Hamilton both left in free agency and Michael Young was traded. There won’t be as many runs scored by Texas this season and that is going to leave Holland with the task of keeping the opponent off the scoreboard more. That will be a task that may be too hard for Holland to do unless he gets his head into the game at all times and isn’t fooling around.