Last year, we grew accustomed to seeing Colby Lewis bring out an occasional stinker of a start — like 10 runs in 3 1/3 innings pitched bad. Then, he'd follow it up with six or seven really solid starts before another wheels-off night.
Call it consistently inconsistent, if you will.
At this point, the Rangers would love to see something similar from Derek Holland, who hasn't been as bad as those bad days from Lewis, but he has set a theme this year, at least so far, of being wildly inconsistent almost to the point that it's like clockwork.
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Holland followed up a outing of 6-plus shutout innings against Seattle with another ho-hum barely average start on Tuesday against the Astros as he again struggled with efficiency and pitch count, just like in his season debut.
Holland wasn't terrible by any means. He allowed two runs on five hits with five strikeouts and just one walk, but in the meantime he saw his pitch count get elevated up to 105 before turning the game over to the bullpen to start the sixth inning.
Holland pitched well enough to win a game in which his bats were livin' well, but the Rangers need to see more from him if they want to be legitimate contenders.