Monday, October 24, 2011
If any of you watched yesterday's World Series game you probably noticed the fine pitching performance by Rangers pitcher Derek Holland. He went 8.1 innings, striking out 7 while shutting out the Cardinals to even the series at 2-2. And he's left handed! It made me think of how patience with the young talent can go a long way. Back in 2009, Holland had a 8-13 record with a 6.12 ERA for the Rangers. A couple years later, he's locking down a pivotal game in the world series. Dellin Betances made 2 appearances for the Yankees this year pitching 2.2 innings, walking 6 and allowing 2 runs. Not a particularly inspiring debut, but its such a small sample that not much can be drawn from it. The point is, it's not looking like we're going to sign our way to a respectable rotation. We need to grow our own talent, and a guy like Holland shows what the payout could be. The Rangers entire world series rotation not to mention their closer are homegrown talents.