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Holland said Rangers starters are getting annoyed at all the talk about their physical and mental endurance at this time of the season.
"We're definitely tired of hearing about it," Holland said. "I don't think fatigue is an excuse. Personally, I don't seem tired. We all have bad days. Unfortunately, I've had a few of them."
Holland still has at least four starts left and then comes the playoffs. That means there could be 6-7 weeks left in the season.
"Bring it on," Holland said. "I work out hard enough, I'm good to go."
Glad to hear someone stand up for the Rotation.
The media and fans have to talk about something. We overreact to nearly every circumstance about 162 times during the season.
I think that is just the type of "Jimmy Johnson's Cowboys" swagger that this team needs. Good for Derek! The ESPN guys can't even be closet Boston fans. They have to openly criticize Wash for giving his pitchers spot rest. Here's a clue ESPN Boston homers... we are planning on being in the post season. You see, here in Texas, post season is now the expectation, not a hope. We'll be seeing Boston again in October, and it will be Church for them.
It's HIGHLY unusual that our staff has stayed healthy and made their starts all year, so I don't think it's really a slam to say a starter who's pitched all his games is a little fatigued in September. Harry got a start off, got healthy, and beat a great Boston lineup. I think Ogando will have similar results.
On a semi-unrelated side note, anyone excited to find out what Feldman has tomorrow? Hoping tomorrow gives us a few more positive clues about the direction of this thing.
I like what Wash is doing here. It obviously worked for Harrison. He even said as much. Said his legs didn't give out. I know the plan is to continue as such for all of the starters except for C.J. and maybe Holland. Sounds like Holland is "good to go"!
I think when all is said and done in the regular season, we have to admit that the rotation has been head and shoulders above anyone's wildest expectations this season.
@Max - Feldman has a career ERA of 4.71, I'm not going to expect him to repeat what he did last week every start.
@WWJDD - I fully agree. Regardless where we finish, I am extremely proud of this starting rotation, this team, its FO, its Manager, and its entire staff. A raging heatwave by everyone's account, yet the field is beautiful, as always. Better than most MLB teams field hands down. This entire organization exudes wiinning, family, and class.
Matt Harrison's fastball averaged 93.2 MPH on Sunday. It was Harrison's highest average fastball velocity since June 24. In his previous start on August 24, also against the Red Sox, Harrison's fastball averaged a season-low 90.1 MPH. Harrison allowed seven runs in five innings in that start.
Hence my applause of Wash. He seems to know he has the offense and spot starter(s) to match up with anyone, while resting the backbone for the play-off run. It is working. And to the ESPN announcers? Why not just get some Red Sox pom-poms and skirts? Ragging on Wash's decision will leave egg on their face, although their selective memories will have them say they knew Texas was the team to be reckoned with all along in October.
I think the narrative coming out of this series is that the Red Sox aren't the predestined AL champ like the East Coast media assumed, but rather they should be very afraid of the Rangers in October. Yes we missed their top two, but they missed CJ, and they got plenty of Holland and Harry as well.
Get well Nelly.
@Ricky - I agree. I hadn't thought about the groundkeepers, but they really have done a great job.
@Max Mercy: Absolutely. He's pitched well since he's been back, and I'm excited to see if he can keep it up. If so, well...we know where that could (and possibly should) lead...
how many starters have we used this year? 7?
I feel like years past the rangers would use north of 10 or 12 starters in a season without even batting an eye.
As much as people like to rag on this group of starters, they are pretty special.
We'd have been at 10 used by July.
and two of our 7 this year have had one start each, right?
This is probably dangerous ground given the flow of the conversation, but there were a lot of ESPN talking heads in early August saying they thought Texas was a team nobody was going to want to face come playoff time. I'm sure there are some ESPN biases, but they've thrown props our way as well.
I think it is good that a young guy like Holland stands up and declares himself fit and ready and defends his rotation.
That said . . . folks are talking about the rotation being perhaps a little gassed because Holland, Ogando and Harrison have never pitched these kinds of innings before and a few of those guys had a significant drop off over a few starts. And . . . management is skipping Harrison and Ogando.
Props to Wash and Maddux for taking some steps to try to help Harrison and Ogando get back on track and props to Holland for his self confidence. But, there isn't really anything to gripe about with regard to how the press has portrayed this scenario.
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