Don't freak out, Texas Rangers fans. The sky isn't falling. Your team was bound to lose a game by more than one run sooner or later, and on Monday night, it happened as the New York Yankees opened their series in Arlington with a 7-4 win, as they jumped on Derek Holland in what was one of his shakier outings in quite some time.
Holland watched as his ERA jumped from the low 3.00s to the high 4.00s in one start, a start that was his worst since last summer. Holland entered the game with some pretty crumby numbers against the loaded Yankees' lineup, as he is now 0-5 with a 9.53 ERA against the beloved Bronx Bombers in his career.
Yeah, Yu Darvish's debut was definitely not a thing of beauty, but he got his stuff together after a terrible first inning. Holland struggled with his control all night and made one big mistake to Alex Rodriguez, who promptly deposited a misplaced slider into the stands for a three-run bomb that ended up being the difference in the game.
“I’m pretty upset with myself,” Holland told the media after the game. “I didn’t battle as well as I usually had been before. The walks are what really killed me.”
When all was said and done, Holland had given up seven runs in six innings with one strikeout and four walks as his ERA jumped to 4.78.