For the past 2 1/2 months, this Red Fever blog has been a sort of personal progress report for young Texas Rangers pitcher Derek Holland.
Holland, who came to the bigs back in 2009 and struggled to find his way through last season and into this season, has finally seemed to have found it.
Holland made his fifth straight quality start on Tuesday night in a 7-2 win over the Oakland A's, stretching his career-best streak of quality starts from a previous high of just two.
But more importantly, Holland picked up his 15th win for the Rangers this season while lowering his ERA to 3.92 with his 7-inning, 2-hit outing despite his lack of control early in the game.
He's now the youngest pitcher in club history to win 15 games (he'll be 25 in two weeks) and he's now 9-1 over his previous 14 starts since a dreadful outing against Florida on July 2 when he recorded just two outs before exiting in a 9-5 loss to the Marlins.
Holland is figuring things out, it appears. And it couldn't come at a better time.
Ask him, and he'll credit his prepubescent 'stache he's been working on for months. But we're smarter than that. Derek Holland has some special talent, and he's finally finding it.