No one with the Texas Rangers will miss OF Josh Hamilton more than LHP Derek Holland. With Hamilton in the middle of the lineup, the Rangers were the second-highest-scoring team in the majors over the last two seasons with 5.13 runs per game. The New York Yankees led with 5.17 runs per game. Holland greatly benefited from that production. He led all major league starters in run support with 6.85 runs per game. The Rangers scored 6-plus runs in 21 of his 28 wins in that span. That included eight wins in which Holland received 10-plus runs. Without Hamilton, those offensive outbursts may be less frequent this season. The test for Holland will be winning the low-scoring games. In the last two seasons, he has only four wins when the Rangers score four runs or fewer. “The most important thing for me is giving my team a chance to win the game,” Holland said. “That’s what I focus on.” RHP Colby Lewis has also been in the right place at the right time. He has received 5.92 runs per start over the last two seasons, fifth-highest average in the majors.
Why Derek Holland may miss Josh Hamilton more than any other Texas Ranger
Dallas Morning News | Mar 26