Derek Holland allowed one run one three hits in a 5-1 win over the Minnesota Twins. The White Sox took the series 3-2.
Derek Holland bounced back after some tough outings. The lefty allowed one run on three hits in a 5-1 win over the Minnesota Twins on Thursday night. The Chicago White Sox took the five-game series 3-2. Holland went six innings after lasting only 2.2 innings in his last start. His record improved to 6-13 with a 6.05 ERA.
Holland has definitely struggled this season. I don’t think anyone envisioned him struggling the way he has. He was a guy that was supposed to help solidify the rotation, but has struggled. It’s good to see he still has something left. However, it’s unlikely the White Sox will be able to trade him. There probably isn’t much of a market for him. Especially considering how he’s pitched this season.
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The White Sox did not make much of an investment in him. They signed him to a one-year $6 million contract. So it’s not like they were expecting him to make a huge impact. But they were confident his veteran presence would be good for this pitching staff. It just hasn’t worked out like that.
Holland will be a hit free agency after this season. And it’s hard to picture him back in a White Sox uniform. The White Sox will probably be bad next season but they may start giving some of these younger starters a chance. Lucas Giolito and Reynaldo Lopez have shown promise and Michael Kopech is tearing up the minors. Pitching is an area of strength and eventually all these guys need to get looks in the majors.
If this team is to contend by 2019 or 2020, then you want these youngsters to start getting experience now. So going forward there may not be room for a guy like Holland on the roster.