Holland struggling with his consistency

Holland struggling with his consistency

Holland struggling with his consistency
ARLINGTON -- Derek Holland had his second outing of the season in which he allowed more runs than he recorded outs on Friday.

At this point, according to manager Ron Washington, the only thing to do is encourage Holland and wait for his next outing as the 24-year-old struggles with finding his consistency.

"That's the only way you can look at it with Derek," Washington said. "I thought he was competing, but he just couldn't locate his fastball. I think if you take [Indians catcher Carlos] Santana out of the mix, he's in good shape. But he just couldn't locate his fastball."

Holland's first 13 pitches were fastballs, and the 13th was driven into the right-field seats by Santana.

"I felt like I had a good fastball," Holland said. "I kind of got caught up in it. It wasn't me being me, but at the same time, I pitched a great game against Cleveland before and they were probably waiting to get back at me, and they did. You have to tip your hat to them."

Prior to Saturday's game, Holland spent a lengthy amount of time talking with Rangers captain Michael Young. More than anything, Young said, Holland needs to just stay confident in his own abilities.

"The biggest thing is the best players in this game just believe, and that never wavers," Young said. "They're confident and they trust themselves. He's going to be fine. He's still in that process of figuring things out, and that's what you have to do if you want to get to that elite level."

Holland has shown flashes of brilliance, hurling four shutouts this season, but the problem is when he does not have his best stuff, he seems to struggle to get the job done with less-than-stellar pitches.

"It's just about him being consistent," Washington said. "It's about him being young. I always say you can't trade for that, and you certainly can't go Draft that. You just put up with the times things don't go right. It don't make any sense to get upset with him."