Greg Holland RP KC 6 Days
Holland recorded his MLB-leading 40th save Friday night.
Despite issuing a walk, Holland recorded the final three outs with just 15 pitches. With elite ratios, good control and the ability to miss plenty of bats, Holland has secured his place among the league's premier closers with an encore similar to his 2013 campaign.
Greg Holland RP KC 9 Days
Holland recorded the last out of Tuesday's game against the Rockies to secure his 39th save of the year.
With Tuesday's game against the Rockies getting interesting late, the Royals wasted no time getting Holland in there to record the final out. Holland now has 39 saves, a 1.82 ERA, a 1.01 WHIP and an astounding 70:16 K:BB ratio in 49.1 innings pitched this year.
Greg Holland RP KC 12 Days
Holland admitted that he's dealing with fatigue, but says he'll "continue to answer the call" for the Royals, the Kansas City Star reports.
Holland has tossed 48.1 innings for the Royals this season, after logging exactly 67 in back-to-back seasons prior to this year. He pitched on consecutive days Thursday and Friday, and the fatigue was made apparent Friday night, when he allowed a run on two hits and a walk. A lack of command seemed to be the issue, and pitching coach Dave Eiland noticed in that outing that his arm speed appeared to have noticeably decreased. For now, the AL saves leader will continue to pitch for the Royals as the team attempts to lock up a playoff spot, but one must consider the possibility of a conservative approach for Holland down the stretch. Holland will have an important role if the team does make the playoffs, but in the meantime it's possible that Wade Davis or Kelvin Herrera see a save opportunity in an effort to preserve his arm for the long run.
Greg Holland RP KC 13 Days
Holland pitched one full inning to earn his 37th save on Friday facing the Twins, while giving up two runs on one hit.
It was Holland's first major hiccup in quite some time, dating back to June 20 against Seattle when he gave up a couple of runs. He still remains one of the best closers in the game regardless of his poor showing on Friday. Stay strong with Holland in your everyday lineup.
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Holland saved his 25th game of the year Monday as the Royals beat the A's 3-2.
This was perhaps Halland's most important save of the year for Kansas City as they took first place in the AL Central. The right-hander has been a rock for the Royals, saving 35 of 37 opportunities. Batters are hitting just .198 against him.
Greg Holland RP KC 20 Days
Holland notched a save, his 33rd of the year, by hurling a clean ninth inning and recording a pair of strikeouts in the Royals' 4-2 win over San Francisco on Friday night.
He needed just 11 pitches (eight strikes) to finish off the Giants. He's now converted 33 of 35 chances and carries a nifty 1.81 ERA, so it would be difficult to name a more reliable end gamer.
Greg Holland RP KC 22 Days
Holland earned a shaky save (32) Wednesday, giving up a run on two hits to the Diamondbacks in the ninth.
Holland has allowed only two runs since June 23. His role as the ninth inning man in Kansas City is as safe as they come.
Greg Holland RP KC 25 Days
Holland struck out one in a perfect ninth inning to close out Sunday's 4-2 win over Oakland.
Greg Holland RP KC 1 Month
Greg Holland collected his 26th save of the season Wednesday in the Royals' defeat of the White Sox.
Holland retired all three batters he faced -- two via strikeout. The dominant 28-year-old closer now boasts a 1.72 ERA, 0.95 WHIP, and 56/10 K/BB ratio in 36 2/3 innings this season, and he's 26-for-27 in save chances.
Greg Holland RP KC 2 Months
Greg Holland threw a perfect ninth inning to earn his 25th save of the season against the Tigers on Sunday.
Holland didn't allow a baserunner, fanning one in the inning. After a rough patch in the middle of June, Holland enters the break having allowed just one walk and no hits in his last five innings of work. The right-hander has a 1.82 ERA, 0.98 WHIP and 53/10 K/BB ratio over 34 2/3 innings overall.