Well, the Rangers lost in Derek Holland's return, 2-1. Some thoughts:
- Derek Holland was really, really good today. His delivery looked fairly effortless and smooth, which is something you like to see from a pitcher returning from the DL, especially when he's consistently hitting 95 mph with his fastball.
- The one run that Holland allowed really shouldn't have scored, but Ryan Rua was playing in the outfield, and he's still learning on the fly. Regardless, a 7 inning outing on 105 pitches from Holland -- 70 for strikes -- is something that makes the last few months feel a little bit better.
- The bats were unable to string together any kind of rally, and as you might expect, didn't put up more than a single run. So there's that.
- With both Holland and Michael Kirkman pitching tonight, the Rangers have now used 61 total players on the season, 2 more than the previous record. Furthermore, the organization has now used 38 pitchers at the Major League level this season, which gives the Rangers sole possession of that record as well.
- It's a bit ironic, I think, that this whole trainwreck of injuries started with Derek Holland tripping on his dog back in January. How fitting, then, that it was Holland's return that gave the Rangers a record number of players used on the season, a record that was obtained mainly due to injuries.