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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Yanks face Holland in game two

Southpaw Derek Holland will be on the mound for the Rangers tonight.  Like yesterday's starter, Alexi Ogando, Holland is young and throws hard.  After being with the team in different roles since 2009, Holland, who is now 24, is finally getting his first chance to start consistently.  He's had mixed results, posting a 4.41 ERA but a much more impressive 3.52 xFIP in his 81 2/3 innings so far.  Graphs and metrics for his five pitches are below.




Holland's slider is probably his best strikeout pitch, though is fastball looks pretty good too.  Some of this is camera issues (pfx_x in Texas is shifted by a few inches), but the slider does appear to back-up most of the time (it moves gloveside as opposed to armside).  His curve moves more like a typical slider but is thrown in the 70s; it doesn't get whiffs, but he can drop it in for a called strike.  Also noticeable is that while he throws all five pitches to righties, he's really only four-seam/two-seam/slider against lefties.

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