Rangers Set World Series Rotation; Derek Holland Demoted

ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 15: Derek Holland #45 of the Texas Rangers celebrates in the clubhouse after defeating the Detroit Tigers in Game Six of the American League Championship Series 15-5 to advance to the World Series at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on October 15, 2011 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

If you were going to rank the Texas Rangers' starting pitchers during the regular season, you'd probably go like this:

1. C.J. Wilson
2. Matt Harrison
3. Alex Ogando
4. Derek Holland
5. Colby Lewis

One thing that made the Rangers so good this season: Lewis was the worst of them, and he was actually pretty good.

With Ogando dispatched to the bullpen, here's how they've lined up during the postseason:

1. C.J. Wilson
2. Derek Holland
3. Colby Lewis
4. Matt Harrison

Well, that's changed, with Holland struggling in both of his ALCS starts. It's changed a lot. Here's the presumed World Series, according to the latest:

1. C.J. Wilson
2. Colby Lewis
3. Matt Harrison
4. Derek Holland

So Holland's obviously been demoted, to the point that he can't start twice, and will see action more than once only if the Rangers are desperate for an inning in Game 7.

I don't have a problem with any of this, as Harrison and Holland seem mostly interchangeable. The one thing that would worry me is Colby Lewis's propensity for giving up home runs, at least this season when he gave up 36 (and three more in a dozen postseason innings).

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