Texas Rangers MLB Betting Odds with Derek Holland’s Return

Posted by Alex Murphy on Tuesday,August 18, 2015 10:12, EST in

If you’re an online betting fans that follows the Texas Rangers at all, you know how baffling the last few seasons have been for left-handed starting pitcher Derek Holland. He’s the one who threw a complete-game shutout in Game 5 of the 2011 World Series, setting up what should have been a celebration after Game 6 in St. Louis. But that collapse has already received its own fair amount of coverage.

An In Depth Analysis on the Texas Rangers MLB Betting Odds with Derek Holland’s Return

Holland had a truly bizarre injury in January 2014 when his dog Wrigley knocked him down the stairs as the two were horsing around. Holland ended up needing microfracture surgery on his left knee and spent most of the 2014 season rehabbing. He did return to the rotation after the All-Star break and posted a 2-0 record over 37 innings with a 2.46 ERA when he returned. Unfortunately, the Rangers had been so devastated by injuries in the first half of the season that they had no hope of getting anywhere near any of the wild card positions in the American League last year. They barely escaped finishing with the worst record in their own division.

Holland started the home opener this year on April 10, lasting exactly one inning before hurting his shoulder. He is finally going to return to the Rangers’ rotation this Wednesday as the team takes on the Seattle Mariners. This will allow the team to send talented rookie Chi Chi Gonzalez back down to the minor leagues for some more seasoning before his likely September call-up.

Rangers manager Jeff Banister gave the decision to put Holland in the rotation some serious thought. Holland had completed four rehabilitation stars in the Rangers’ minor league system. He talked to Holland, who was eager to get back to pitching for the major league squad, and the Rangers’ medical staff. Once Banister announced that Holland was coming back, he could sense some excitement in a Rangers clubhouse that could definitely use it after two seasons in which injuries have played a major role in knocking the Rangers out of contention. A starting rotation that includes Holland, Martin Perez, Cole Hamels and 13-game winner Colby Lewis could be scary for opponents this fall, if the Rangers can claw their way back into one of the two wild card positions in the American League.

Even if Holland can’t lead the Rangers into postseason contention this year, the team will have an extremely scary rotation next year if Yu Darvish can come back from Tommy John surgery with some strength. That rotation could have Darvish and Hamels as two legitimate ace candidates, followed by Holland (who has shown ace stuff at times during his career), Perez and Lewis at the back end. Even with the two twenty-game win candidates in Houston and with King Felix on the hill n Seattle, there wouldn’t be a better rotation in the American League West at that point. And if Chi Chi Gonzalez could come up and take the fifth spot, that could allow Lewis to slide into long relief, giving the Rangers a potent bullpen as well.