Derek Holland not afraid to talk Cy Young

Derek Holland is brimming with confidence.

The Rangers lefty, off to a 1-1 start with a 1.64 ERA this season, joined ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM's Fitzsimmons and Durrett on the phone from Wrigley Field on Wednesday afternoon and said he is gunning for a major pitching award and another World Series trip.

"I'm trying to bring the Cy Young to Texas," Holland said, "and also the World Series."

Holland tempered his Cy Young talk by saying all pitchers set lofty goals. But he is backing up his talk so far.

Holland has pitched at least seven innings in all three of his starts and allowed two runs or less in each of them. He tossed seven shutout innings Tuesday in Chicago for his first victory of the season after a hard-luck loss against the Tampa Bay Rays.

Holland said that World Baseball Classic helped him; that and the hard work he put in during the offseason. He focused on all of his pitches, but it's his changeup that has been his most improved pitch.

"The changeup never left," Holland said. "It's a feel pitch. I didn't have the best feeling for it, but it came around at the end of last season. I spend a lot of time on all of my pitches. I want to command all of my pitches.

"I'm trying to be a perfectionist, even though it's nearly impossible."