ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 5: Derek Holland #45 of the Texas Rangers delivers a pitchin the first inning against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on April 5, 2013 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Rick Yeatts/Getty Images)
One of the biggest keys to the 2013 season for the Texas Rangers entering the year was what the Rangers would get from starting pitcher Derek Holland, who's been long known for his tremendous talent but knack for being wildly inconsistent, as evidenced by his stellar second half of 2011 and up-and-mostly down 2012.
So far, so good for Holland, who's made two very good starts but is still searching for his first win of the 2013 season. He'll get another chance at that Tuesday night when the Rangers open a series against the Chicago Cubs.
Holland was great in his season debut against the Los Angeles Angels but earned a no-decision in a 3-2 Rangers win. He was even better on Wednesday against the Tampa Bay Rays when he gave up two runs in eight innings but got zero run support in the Rangers' 2-0 loss to the Rays.
Through 15 innings (2 starts) this year, Holland has posted a 2.40 ERA with nine strikeouts and four walks and has shown the ability to work all of his pitches efficiently and with precision.
If Holland can keep this up for a while, we might be in store for another stretch like the one he made in 2011, when he was one of the best starters in the game over the second half and ended the season as the American League leader in shutouts.