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Richard Durrett suggests that if the Rangers play the Yanks, the Rangers are considering starting Lewis over Holland in game 2 because Lewis has been better on the road. But if you look at their last 6 road starts, that's not true. Holland gave up 12 ERs in 41.2 innings, including 5 good to great games against Bos, Tor, LAA, TB, and Oak. He had one bad game against the White Sox. Lewis gave up 18 ERs in 32.2 innings, including 3 starts in which he didn't make it to the 6th inning against Bos, Det, and Sea (yes, Sea).
Can we please debunk the myth that Lewis is the man on the road?
There is absolutely no excuse for not starting Holland in the second game no matter what the circumstances. And yes, I know that the Yanks hit lefties well. But Holland has been pitching like a TORP for 2 months and Colby has been throwing batting practice. I could stomach a loss by Holland. You put the players who've earned it on the field and it's up to them to deliver. Putting Colby on the field doesn't give the team much of a chance from the start.
I should've said that Lewis didn't make it out of the 6th in those 3 games.
perhaps they mean he has been better on the road than himself at home, not Holland on the road.
Holland. Not even close. A hot lefty in a park built for lefties? Why is this even a question?
Lewis should be in the pen unless he somehow pulls a no hitter out of his...hat...in his last start.
It's all about comparative advantage. Yankees Stadium has been less of a hitter's park than the blast furnace this year. But it's still enough of one that it will probably be Lewis/Feldman that game. (Ogando would be a pointless longman in Yankees Stadium.) Holland as the home opener (assuming he continues to pitch well) means that you effectively get a road and home ace out of the deal rather than a really shaky game 3 starter if you split.
Pitching James Shields in game 2 over Matt Garza paid off for the Rays.
Didn't matter. It was only a 5 games series. David Price was the only pitcher to pitch twice, and he had to do it against Cliff Lee.
"perhaps they mean he has been better on the road than himself at home, not Holland on the road."
This. If Lewis is going to be in the rotation, I think we would prefer that he pitch on the road. And, as many ground balls as he induces, I think Harrison is one guy we want to pitch in RBiA.
Then Lewis should not be in the starting rotation.
I think you go with your best pitchers first because there is such a thing as momentum and psychology in sports. If CJ wins game 1, you want to go with your best pitcher in game 2 (Holland). If CJ and Holland can win 2 in NY, the NY media will go into full blown panic mode, and the NY players won't be immune from the effects. After the game and on the off day, the Yankees will get an earful. On the other hand, if CJ loses game 1, you definitely want to go with your best pitcher in game 2 in order to keep yourself in the series.
Starting Lewis is basically like conceding a game. I'd rather concede game 4 than game 2. (I realize that anything can happen and will root hard for Lewis whichever game he starts, but the way he's pitched lately, I think he gives the Rangers the lowest probability of winning of all 5 starters, including Ogando.)
Looks like the #2 seed is a possibility since verlander is getting shelled
If I'm the rangers I want one of my better, more reliable pitchers with a history of dominating the yanks. If I was Nolan,JD, and Washington I'd highly consider Harrison. How many GDP he force? Just an idea....
In a 5 game series, rolling out our weakest SP in game 2? That's nuts. Play your best people, plain and simple. Holland or Harry is FAR SUPERIOR to Lewis, who's been mediocre on his best days the last two months.... Ogando is superior as well, but for some reason, there seems to be this certainty that Lewis will start.
I know the Yankees hit lefties well, but those #s are including a lot of mediocre lefties. CJ, Holland, Harry, they're are our best SPs plain and simple. We're going to have to play them regardless, why not do it in NY, where our lefties stand a better chance of shutting down Cano and Granderson. Otherwise, you'll see o ton of lefty Yankee hitters aiming for the right field bleachers all night, and they'll chew up Colby.
My guess is, the thinking is, "well, Ogando knows how to come out of the bp, so that's how we'll roll." That would make sense if our bp was hurting, but it's not.
I hope I'm wrong, (a) that Colby will be given a start, and (B) that he'll get shelled if he does.
I'm with you TexPantego. There's something wrong with Colby. He's not the same pitcher. Either he's injured or he's regressed. It makes not sense to continue acting like the guy is the Rangers # 2 pitcher just because he did well in the playoffs last year. Mitch Moreland did well in the playoffs last year. That doesn't mean you want him starting over Napoli or Young.
Seems like a slavish commitment to the "veteran." Again, hope I'm wrong and Colby's lights out. But can anybody point to anything that Lewis has done this year, partcularly in the last 2 months that suggests he should start over Holland or even Ogando?
I would say that if Wash/Maddux, etc are truly hellbent on it being Colby vs Holland (as previously mentioned I think they should go with Harrison, just my opinion) However if it is a battle of Colby vs Holland for the no 2 spot i think youre basically going to get the same thing from either one. complete and utter unpredictability. The true option is really Colby/Feldman vs Holland/Feldman. Holland has had some good games vs the Yanks, however in that same breath you can say he's had his absolute worst meltdowns against the Yankees. Colby's been erratic all year, and its presumably due to his hip injury, but he has been decent on the road. He also has proven post season success, (here and mostly japan), but with the recent revelation that he's had this injury since mid last year makes this an even more intriguing situation in which you have to wonder if Colby has an innate ability to bear down through all obstacles in a playoff atmosphere. who knows. However like i said whether its Colby or Holland youre making the same gamble. I prefer they go with Harrison, however if you honestly have to pick between Colby and Holland I'm partial to leaning towards Colby just due to his utter playoff dominance last year, and just hope that he can repeat the same.
I assume Durrett was talking about Colby being better on the road than at home as opposed to him being better on the road than Holland.
I would say that the time to discuss this is after we know what the first round matchups will be - Rangers look like they could very well be playing the Rays/Sox. And in that scenario, the Tigers could very well knock off the Yanks and this entire subject would be a moot point...
That's dead-on, Caleb. That's the whole reason I have stayed out of this one. It's like discussing the line-up when you don't know who the match-up is. It's an exercise in futility.
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