Derek Holland is working on consistency.
The 24-year-old has shown flashes of brilliance, throwing four shutouts, but then has subpar outings, such as the one on Friday night.
Holland allowed six runs (four earned) on five hits over 12/3 innings to the Indians, struggling with his fastball command. In his previous start against Toronto, he threw a four-hitter in a 3-0 victory. Holland has yet to string together three quality starts this season.
"It's frustrating, but I'm not going to sit and dwell on it," Holland said. "I just wasn't being me [on Friday], that's the best way to describe it."
What exactly does that mean?
"Mixing in all of my pitches," Holland said. "Establishing my fastball and going after that. I wasn't doing that; I was trying to do too much with the fastball."
Holland had a lengthy conversation with Michael Young on Saturday afternoon on a range of topics, including on what it takes to become an elite player.
"The biggest thing is a good player believes," Young said. "They're confident, they trust themselves. I think [Holland] is always confident, he just got hit [Friday]. Simple as that."
The rest of the Rangers feel that way, too, and are going to ride it out with Holland because they know his potential.
"Only thing we can do now is wait to give Derek the ball again," manager Ron Washington said. "You can't trade for that and can't draft for that. So you're just going to have to put up with it when things don't go right."
Rangers' Holland talks out frustrations with Young
Fort Worth Star-Telegram | Aug 7