Kansas City Royals
current status: Off season (on 40-man roster)
#56 P | 5'10", 205 lbs. | Kansas City
Birth Date:November 20, 1985 (29 years old) Place of Birth:Marion, NC Hometown:Asheville, NC
Drafted:Drafted by Kansas City in 2007 (10th round).
Drafted:Drafted by Kansas City in 2007 (10th round).
|Assets:||Can strike batters out regularly, thanks in part to a deceptive delivery and live arm. Has experience pitching late in games and is unafraid on the bump.|
|Flaws:||Gets into big trouble when he starts walking too many hitters, since he then tends to give into hitters--and loses his edge--but has corrected that with time.|
|Career Potential:||Excellent late-inning reliever.|
Career Honors & Awards
|AL - Delivery Man of the Year Award||2014|
Movements & Injuries
|9/12/2014||Missed 6 games (right tricep injury).|
|9/06/2014||Right tricep injury, day-to-day.|
|2/12/2014||Re-signed by the Kansas City Royals to a one-year contract.|
|2/20/2013||Re-signed by the Kansas City Royals to a one-year contract.|
|5/12/2012||Missed 18 games (rib injury).|
|4/21/2012||Rib injury, 15-day DL.|
|2/22/2012||Re-signed by the Kansas City Royals to a one-year contract.|
|5/19/2011||Recalled from Omaha (AAA).|
|3/21/2011||Optioned to Omaha (AAA).|
|2/25/2011||Re-signed by the Kansas City Royals to a one-year contract.|
|7/29/2010||Contract purchased from Omaha (AAA).|
|6/07/2007||Drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the 10th round in 2007.|
Royals closer Greg Holland selaed the deal for Kansas City in Game 4 of the ALCS. | 10/15/2014 7:11 PM
NewsRoyals closer Greg Holland selaed the deal for Kansas City in Game 4 of the ALCS.
ImpactHe saved all four games of the series, and has six saves throughout the entire postseason. Kansas City's biggest strength is their bullpen, and they head into the World Series, yet to lose a game in the playoffs.
Royals closer Greg Holland made quick work of the Orioles in the top of the ninth in Game 3 of the ALCS for his third save of the playoffs. | 10/15/2014 10:04 AM
NewsRoyals closer Greg Holland made quick work of the Orioles in the top of the ninth in Game 3 of the ALCS for his third save of the playoffs.
ImpactIt took Holland just six pitches to put the Orioles down in order. It was even more impressive given the fact Holland faced Adam Jones, Nelson Cruz and Steve Pierce. The perfect ninth just put a exclamation point on a superb performance from the Royals pitching staff. Kansas City retired the last 17 batters of the game and did not allow a hit after the third inning.
Royals closer Greg Holland allowed the tying run to reach the plate, but finished off the Orioles for his second save of the series.. | 10/11/2014 8:30 PM
NewsRoyals closer Greg Holland allowed the tying run to reach the plate, but finished off the Orioles for his second save of the series..
ImpactBaltimore's Nelson Cruz singled with two outs, but Steve Pearce struck out. Holland has gone 178 inning (June 2012) without yielding a home run with a runner on base.
Royals closer Greg Holland allowed the tying run to reach base in the 10th, but Holland did eventually close the door on the Orioles in Game 1 of the ALCS. | 10/11/2014 9:51 AM
NewsRoyals closer Greg Holland allowed the tying run to reach base in the 10th, but Holland did eventually close the door on the Orioles in Game 1 of the ALCS.
ImpactBaltimore did all their damage with two outs. Ryan Flaherty hit a single, Jimmy Paredes walked and then Delmon Young singled to score Flaherty from second. Holland then retired Nick Markakis on a ground out to end the game.
Royals closer Greg Holland locks down 43rd save of season. | 09/21/2014 6:53 PM
NewsRoyals closer Greg Holland locks down 43rd save of season.
ImpactThe entire bullpen came up huge for Kansas City, as they went 3 2/3 scoreless innings of one-hit ball. Holland sealed the deal with a perfect ninth and two strikeouts along the way. He is an elite option at the closer position.
Royals closer Greg Holland (triceps) is questionable for Tuesday's game against Detroit. | 09/09/2014 10:14 AM
NewsRoyals closer Greg Holland (triceps) is questionable for Tuesday's game against Detroit.
ImpactHe might still be held out as precaution, but manager Ned Yost said he would likely be available Tuesday The closer has 42 saves and supports a 1.60 ERA with 80 strikeouts and just 18 walks. If Holland is held out again, Wade Davis would be used in a potential save situation.
Royals closer Greg Holland (triceps) said he is available to pitch on Sunday according to Andy McCullough of The Kansas City Star. | 09/07/2014 10:25 AM
NewsRoyals closer Greg Holland (triceps) said he is available to pitch on Sunday according to Andy McCullough of The Kansas City Star.
ImpactHe might still be held out as precaution, but this is a very good sign for Holland owners. The closer has 42 saves and supports a 1.60 ERA with 80 strikeouts and just 18 walks. If Holland is held out, Wade Davis would be used in a potential save situation.
Holland tosses scoreless ninth for 25th save | 07/13/2014 6:17 PM
NewsGreg Holland threw a perfect ninth inning to earn his 25th save of the season against the Tigers on Sunday.
ImpactHolland 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.
Holland works out of trouble for 20th save | 06/15/2014 5:58 PM
NewsGreg Holland brought the tying run to the plate but escaped without harm to earn the save against the White Sox on Sunday.
ImpactHolland walked Jose Abreu and gave up a single to Alexei Ramirez with two outs, but he got Dayan Viciedo to ground out to end the game. The right-hander leads the American League with 20 saves, and he's got a stellar 1.35 ERA, 0.98 WHIP and 40/7 K/BB ratio in 26 2/3 innings.
Holland works scoreless ninth for 18th save | 06/08/2014 6:16 PM
NewsGreg Holland pitched a scoreless ninth inning against the Yankees on Sunday, picking up his 18th save of the season.
ImpactHolland ceded a single to Ichiro Suzuki to lead off the inning, but he retired the next three batters to preserve the win. Holland leads the AL with his 18 saves, and he owns a 1.46 ERA, 0.97 WHIP and 38/6 K/BB ratio over 24 2/3 innings this year.
Holland cinches 17th save in win over Cards | 06/05/2014 10:39 PM
NewsGreg Holland struck out the side en route to his 17th save in Thursday's win over the Cardinals.
ImpactHolland once again showed why he is one of baseball's most fearsome relievers. Along with 17 saves in 18 chances, Holland owns a 1.52 ERA, a 0.97 WHIP, and a 37/6 K/BB ratio in 23 2/3 innings.
Holland shuts down Cardinals for 16th save | 06/03/2014 10:44 PM
NewsGreg Holland rendered the Cardinals useless on Tuesday, working a perfect ninth inning for his 16th save.
ImpactHolland had to face the meat of the Cardinals order and set them down without issue, striking out Matt Holliday and Allen Craig before getting Yadier Molina to fly out harmlessly to right. He's enjoying another fantastic season, owning a 1.66 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 32/6 K/BB ratio over 21 2/3 innings of work.
Holland picks up 15th save in win over Jays | 05/29/2014 10:55 PM
NewsGreg Holland picked up his 15th save with a scoreless 10th inning as the Royals defeated the Blue Jays 8-6 on Thursday.
ImpactHolland worked around a two-out single, recording strikeouts on two of his three outs. The right-hander continues to dominate, now 15-for-16 in save chances with a 1.74 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, and a 30/6 K/BB ratio in 20 2/3 innings.
Holland tallies 14th save, Royals win in 13th | 05/25/2014 12:20 AM
NewsGreg Holland earned his 14th save of 2014 in the Royals' 7-4 defeat of the Angels on Saturday.
ImpactHolland struck out two of the three batters he faced in the bottom of the 13th inning as part of a seven-inning scoreless performance from the Kansas City bullpen. The dominant Royals closer owns an outstanding 1.93 ERA and 27 strikeouts in 18 2/3 frames this year.
Holland whiffs a pair in 11th, earns 8th save | 05/07/2014 1:37 AM
NewsGreg Holland struck two batters in a scoreless 11th inning to close out a Royals' victory over the Padres on Tuesday.
ImpactHolland rung up Yonder Alonso swinging before allowing a single to Will Venable. The speedster got caught trying to get something going against the stingy Holland and was gunned down by Salvador Perez. Everth Cabrera struck out swinging to end the game. Holland blew a save Monday, but has otherwise been his dominant self this year. He's 8-for-9 in save conversions with a 2.77 ERA and 1.08 WHIP.
Holland punches out Astros for fourth save | 04/15/2014 11:27 PM
NewsGreg Holland struck out all three batters faced in the ninth inning to close out the Royals' win over the Astros on Tuesday.
ImpactHolland rung up Chris Carter looking before inducing swinging strikeouts from Matt Dominguez and Robbie Grossman to end the game. More importantly, it was a clean outing after he'd allowed runs in each of his last two appearances -- the last of which came a week ago. There have been no reports of a physical ailment and he certainly looked the part of a dominant, healthy closer Tuesday, so the lack of usage was likely due simply to a lack of save opportunities. Owners shouldn't worry about the right-hander.
Greg Holland notches third save | 04/07/2014 11:23 PM
NewsGreg Holland gave up a run on two hits in the ninth, but still picked up his third save Monday against the Royals.
ImpactHolland allowed a walkoff hit in his first appearance of the season, but the run and loss weren't changed to him. He's picked up saves in his three appearances since, and he's 50-for-53 in that department since the beginning of last year.
Holland allows walkoff RBI single to Tigers | 03/31/2014 4:26 PM
NewsGreg Holland gave up a walkoff RBI single to Alex Gonzalez in Monday's loss to the Tigers.
ImpactHolland was not charged with a blown save because it was Wade Davis who allowed the game-winning run to reach base. Holland was among the top closers in baseball last season and carried a long leash into 2014.
Holland tosses a perfect inning vs. Dodgers | 03/11/2014 6:32 PM
NewsGreg Holland tossed a perfect inning against the Dodgers on Tuesday.
ImpactThe Royals' closer struck out one in the effort. It will be tough for him to match last year's 1.21 ERA with 47 saves, but should at the very least continue to rank among baseball's top closers and rack up bunches of strikeouts.
Holland, Royals have interest in extension | 02/12/2014 9:13 PM
NewsGreg Holland and the Royals have mutual interest in a long-term extension, per Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star.
Kansas City Star
ImpactThe two sides avoided arbitration Wednesday with a one-year, $4.675 million deal, and Holland will continue to be arbitration eligible until after the 2016 season. Recent talks didn't expand beyond one year, but both parties would have interest in an extension to keep Holland in Kansas City for the long haul. The talks are likely to be revisited later, but for now Holland will attempt to repeat his terrific 2013 season in which he posted a 1.21 ERA, 0.87 WHIP and 103/18 K/BB ratio as the Royals' closer.
Royals and Greg Holland avoid arbitration | 02/12/2014 10:02 AM
NewsRoyals and RHP Greg Holland avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $4.675 million contract.
Andy McCullough on Twitter
ImpactHolland requested $5.2 million and was offered $4.1 million from the Royals when arbitration figures were exchanged last month, so the two sides settled for a little under the $4.65 million midpoint, but he can make an additional $50,000 if he is named to the All-Star team. The 28-year-old remains under team control through 2016 and is quickly emerging as one of the top closers in the game.
Holland, Royals exchange arbitration numbers | 01/17/2014 7:41 PM
NewsGreg Holland requested $5.2 million and was offered $4.1 million from the Royals when arbitration figures were exchanged on Friday.
Jon Heyman on Twitter
ImpactThe dominating 28-year-old right-hander is fresh off one of the finest season's in recent memory, posting a dazzling 1.21 ERA, 0.87 WHIP and 103/18 K/BB ratio over 67 innings for the Royals. He will have certainly earned the raise over the $539,500 that he earned in 2013.
Greg Holland earns 47th save of the season | 09/29/2013 7:04 PM
NewsGreg Holland hurled a scoreless ninth inning to notch his 47th save in Sunday's season finale against the White Sox.
ImpactHolland was given a cushy three-run lead, but made things interesting by allowing three base runners (via two hits and a walk) before escaping. He struck out two for the third straight outing. Holland ends the season with a beautiful 1.21 ERA, 0.87 ERA and 103/18 K/BB ratio over 67 frames. He'll be one of the highest drafted relievers in fantasy drafts next spring.
Greg Holland sets saves record for Royals | 09/26/2013 11:08 PM
NewsGreg Holland set a Royals single-season record with his 46th save Thursday against the White Sox.
ImpactHolland broke the record shared by Dan Quisenberry (1983) and Jeff Montgomery (1993). He's pitched scoreless innings in 10 straight appearances, lowering his ERA to 1.23.
RP Holland ties Royals record with 45th save | 09/24/2013 2:46 AM
NewsGreg Holland walked the first two batters he faced but escaped to pitch a scoreless 12th inning and earn his 45th save of the season against the Mariners.
ImpactHolland was visited at the mound by Royals pitching coach Dave Eiland after putting men on first and second with no outs and immediately set down three straight, including two via strikeout. It wasn't the easiest save situation: Holland had been forced to sit and then warm up multiple times during the 12-inning marathon. He'd also pitched on Sunday, Friday and Wednesday. This was only the third time this season that Holland had walked two batters in an appearance. Holland tied Dan Quisenberry (1983) for the Royals team record with 45 saves in a season. The right-hander entered this season with 20 career saves.
Greg Holland escapes on play at the plate | 09/14/2013 9:53 PM
NewsGreg Holland escaped Saturday's game against the Tigers with his 42nd save of the season, after the potential tying run was cut down at the plate attempting to score.
ImpactHolland was tasked with protecting a one-run advantage, and walked Prince Fielder to begin the frame. After retiring Victor Martinez and Andy Dirks, Omar Infante lined a double to left field, but Fielder was cut down by Alex Gordon attempting to score. Holland has now converted 42 of his 45 save chances on the year while compiling a phenomenal 1.34 ERA, 0.84 WHIP and 94/15 K/BB ratio in his 60 2/3 innings.
Greg Holland earns 40th save of the season | 09/08/2013 6:08 PM
NewsGreg Holland locked down his 40th save of the season by tossing a scoreless ninth in the Royals' victory over the Tigers on Sunday.
ImpactHolland entered this season with only 20 career saves, though he's been one of baseball's best relievers for three years running. The 27-year-old right-hander owns an amazing 1.40 ERA, 0.86 WHIP and 89/14 K/BB ratio in 58 innings this season. He is 40-for-43 in save opportunities.
Holland earns 39th save as Royals top DET | 09/07/2013 11:10 PM
NewsGreg Holland collected his 39th save of the season Saturday as the Royals topped the Tigers.
ImpactHolland retired all three batters he faced in the bottom of the ninth inning, netting two strikeouts. The 27-year-old right-hander has a remarkable 1.42 ERA, 0.86 WHIP and 89/14 K/BB ratio in 57 innings this season. He is 39-for-42 in save opportunities so far.
Holland earns 35th save of the season | 08/25/2013 6:43 PM
NewsGreg Holland struck out three in a scoreless ninth inning Sunday against the Nationals to earn his 35th save of the season.
ImpactHolland added some intrigue by welcoming a pair of baserunners via hits, but, as always, the diminutive right-hander blew away hitters when he had to. The 5-foot-10 stopper has only allowed one run since the beginning of July. He's 35-for-37 in save conversions and boasts a beautiful 1.41 ERA, 0.90 WHIP and 81/13 K/BB ratio.
Greg Holland saves both games of doubleheader | 08/16/2013 10:15 PM
NewsGreg Holland picked up his second save of the day in the nightcap of Friday's doubleheader against the Tigers, working another scoreless ninth inning.
ImpactHe allowed a single to Victor Martinez, but that was the extent of the damage against him. Holland has blossomed into a truly elite closer this season, posting a 1.47 ERA, 0.90 WHIP and 77/13 K/BB ratio over 49 innings. He's now converted 34 of his 36 save chances.
Holland earns 32nd save of the season | 08/11/2013 7:07 PM
NewsGreg Holland worked a perfect ninth inning and struck out two against the Red Sox on Sunday, earning his 32nd save of the season.
ImpactHe's struck out at least one batter in six straight appearances, and has whiffed two in five of those six games. The 5-foot-10 righty has only allowed one run since the beginning of July. He's 32-for-34 in save conversions and boasts a beautiful 1.57 ERA and 0.89 WHIP.
Greg Holland notches 31st save of the season | 08/10/2013 12:07 AM
NewsGreg Holland worked a perfect ninth inning against the Red Sox on Friday, preserving a three-run advantage and earning his 31st save of the season.
ImpactHolland, as he so often does, recorded a pair of strikeouts in his inning of work. He has been nothing short of phenomenal this season, posting a 1.60 ERA, 0.91 WHIP and 72/12 K/BB ratio in his 45 innings of work.
Holland earns save as KC wins eighth straight | 07/31/2013 11:38 PM
NewsGreg Holland earned his 28th save of the season Wednesday in the Royals' 4-3 defeat of the Twins.
ImpactKansas City has won eight straight games and is suddenly two games above .500 at 53-51. Holland has been a reliable source through it all, boasting a 1.76 overall ERA and 65/12 K/BB ratio in 41 innings this year. He should remain an excellent fantasy option down the stretch.
Holland earns 27th save of the season | 07/28/2013 6:36 PM
NewsGreg Holland danced around a pair of singles to earn his 27th save of the season Sunday in the Royals' victory over the White Sox.
ImpactAlex Gordon's two-run homer in the top of the 12th gave Holland a 4-2 cushion to work with in the bottom half of the frame. Because of singles allowed to Jeff Keppinger and Blake Tekotte, Holland had to wriggle from a two-on, one-out jam. Holland (1.80 ERA) has allowed just one run over his last 10 games and has converted a save in each appearance.
Holland earns 26th save, Royals beat Chicago | 07/27/2013 9:52 PM
NewsGreg Holland earned his 26th save of the season Saturday in the Royals' defeat of the White Sox.
ImpactHolland allowed a leadoff single to Alex Rios and then walked Adam Dunn, but he retired the next three batters he faced in the bottom of the ninth. Holland has a stellar 1.85 ERA and 0.95 WHIP in 39 innings this season.
Greg Holland continues to dominate | 07/19/2013 11:41 PM
NewsGreg Holland continued his recent domination of the American League on Friday, working a perfect inning against the Tigers to secure his 23rd save.
ImpactAfter a rough patch to begin the season, Holland has been nearly unhittable since, posting a 0.79 ERA, 0.70 WHIP and 58/7 K/BB ratio in 34 innings since April 9. He's also converted 22-of-23 save chances in that time. For the season, he sports a ridiculous 15.25 K/9.
Greg Holland selected to AL All-Star roster | 07/14/2013 9:46 PM
NewsGreg Holland has been added to the AL All-Star roster.
Kansas City Star
ImpactHe fills the spot vacated by Hisashi Iwakuma, who is unable to pitch after his start Sunday against the Angels. Holland has a 1.80 ERA and 15.4 K/9 over 36 appearances this season and currently ranks sixth in the American League with 22 saves.
Holland saves his 22nd in Royals' 3-1 victory | 07/09/2013 10:01 PM
NewsGreg Holland earned his 22nd save as the Royals beat the Yankees 3-1 on Tuesday.
ImpactAfter a shaky start to the season, Holland has been fantastic, as he now owns a 1.80 ERA and 0.91 WHIP after Tuesday's outing. He wasn't named an All-Star for his efforts, but he's been one this year for all intents and purposes.
Holland earns 16th save, Royals beat Chicago | 06/23/2013 5:40 PM
NewsGreg Holland collected his 16th save of the year Sunday as the Royals beat the White Sox 7-6.
ImpactHolland retired all three batters he faced in the bottom of the ninth inning, fanning two. He has an excellent 1.93 ERA and 44/11 K/BB ratio in 28 frames this season.
Greg Holland records 15th save for Royals | 06/17/2013 10:48 PM
NewsAfter the Royals scored a run on a wild pitch in the top of the frame, Greg Holland pitched a scoreless bottom of the ninth for the save as the Royals edged the Indians 2-1 on Monday.
ImpactThe Royals only play 2-1 or 3-2 games, so Holland is racking up the save chances of late. He has eight saves and a win in the last 19 days after going the previous four weeks without any saves.
Holland earns 14th save, Royals defeat Rays | 06/16/2013 4:55 PM
NewsGreg Holland earned his 14th save of the season Sunday in the Royals' 5-3 win over the Rays.
ImpactHolland gave up a solo home run to Jose Lobaton and a walk to Matt Joyce but he struck out the other three batters he faced in the bottom of the ninth. Holland has an excellent 2.16 ERA and 40/11 K/BB ratio in 25 innings this year. Kansas City has won 10 of its last 12 games.
Holland earns 12th save in win over Houston | 06/09/2013 4:47 PM
NewsGreg Holland earned his 12th save of the season Sunday in the Royals' 2-0 defeat of the Astros.
ImpactHolland allowed a leadoff walk to Carlos Pena but erased that quickly by getting J.D. Martinez to ground into a double play. Chris Carter then struck out swinging. Holland has a 2.05 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 33/10 K/BB ratio in 22 innings this season, and he's now 12-for-14 in save opportunities. He should be great all summer.
Holland recovers to earn 10th save vs. Twins | 06/05/2013 11:41 PM
NewsGreg Holland pitched a scoreless ninth inning to lock down his 10th save of the season against the Twins on Wednesday.
ImpactHolland was shaky early, allowing a single to Joe Mauer and a walk to Josh Willingham to bring the tying run to the plate. But he recovered to strike out the next three batters and secure the win, giving him 30 strikeouts in 19 innings this season. Although Kelvin Herrera is back in the majors, the job belongs firmly to Holland for the time being.
Greg Holland earns save | 05/31/2013 4:16 AM
NewsGreg Holland pitched a perfect ninth Thursday for his first save since May 1.
ImpactHolland's previous save chance came on May 6, and he took his second blown save of the year in that one. He's now 8-for-10 on the season, and he still hasn't allowed a homer in 17 innings.
Royals' struggles leave Holland in the dark | 05/28/2013 4:25 AM
NewsThe Royals have afforded Greg Holland just two save chances in May.
ImpactKansas City went 14-10 in April and Holland picked up six saves. Thanks to a 7-17 May, Holland has disappeared, converting one of his chances and blowing the other. Such is the fickle life of a fantasy closer. Despite the meager saves output, Holland owns a solid 2.81 ERA, 1.38 WHIP and 26/8 K/BB rate over 16 innings.
Holland blows second save vs. White Sox Mond. | 05/06/2013 6:05 PM
NewsGreg Holland blew his second save of the season in Monday's 2-1, 10-inning loss to the White Sox, allowing one run on four hits and a walk in one inning of work.
ImpactTasked with protecting a 1-0 lead in the top of the ninth inning, Holland did everything he could to cost the Royals the game, only managing to escape with one run to his name because of a 1-2-3 double play with the bases loaded. The rocky outing ballooned Holland's ERA to 3.75, and soared his WHIP from 1.36 to 1.67. Holland's job has to be on thin ice, though setup man Kelvin Herrera has barely been better. Perhaps Aaron Crow will soon get a look in the ninth inning.
Holland slams door on Tribe to earn 6th save | 04/27/2013 10:18 PM
NewsGreg Holland got into a bit of trouble in the ninth inning on Saturday, but escaped with his sixth save of the season.
ImpactHolland worked himself into a bit of a jam, allowing a one-out infield single to Mark Reynolds. Lonnie Chisenhall then reached on an error, bringing the tying run to the plate. After fanning Drew Stubbs, Michael Brantley smashed a two-run double, cutting the lead to one. Holland then stepped up and fanned Jason Kipnis to end the threat. After a brutal beginning to the season, Holland has rebounded in a big way in recent weeks, converting each of his last five save opportunities.
Holland picks up two saves in doubleheader | 04/21/2013 11:24 PM
NewsGreg Holland earned two saves Sunday in the Royals' doubleheader against the Red Sox.
ImpactHolland allowed no hits or walks in his back-to-back ninth-inning appearances, fanning five of the six batters he faced. He is finally settling into a groove and should be a reliable fantasy option all season.
Greg Holland fans three in save chance | 04/17/2013 2:53 PM
NewsMaking his first appearance in eight days, Greg Holland struck out the side in the ninth Wednesday to earn a save in a 1-0 game against the Braves.
ImpactHolland remains the Royals' closer despite his first-week troubles. He's pitched scoreless innings in three of his five appearances, and he needed just 14 pitches to fan Justin Upton, Evan Gattis and Dan Uggla today.
Holland escapes trouble for save Tuesday | 04/09/2013 11:45 PM
NewsGreg Holland worked around two walks and a hit to record his second save of the season Tuesday.
ImpactHolland didn't make it easy for himself, walking Darin Mastroianni with two outs to load the bases for Joe Mauer. Mauer would go down swinging, but calling the outing a step in the right direction is optimistic at best. Manager Ned Yost pledged his allegiance to the 27-year-old on Monday, so there's no reason to think that has changed after Tuesday's successful save conversion. Yost and fantasy owners would appreciate if Holland were a little more efficient with those conversions in the future, though.
Royals sticking with Greg Holland as closer | 04/08/2013 4:44 PM
NewsRoyals manager Ned Yost said Monday that he is sticking with Greg Holland as his closer.
ImpactHolland blew a save on Saturday and was pulled from a save situation Sunday in favor of Kelvin Herrera, but Yost isn't going to make a change this early in the season. "He's just been kind of a slow starter -- he was last year, too," said Yost. "Once he gets his feet underneath him, he's lights out. We'll adjust it out." While Holland certainly deserves a longer leash, there's little doubt that Herrera would be a competent replacement if the struggles continue. Since Holland and Herrera have both worked back-to-back days, Yost would like to stay away from using them on Monday.
Holland struggles again, save goes to Herrera | 04/07/2013 5:12 PM
NewsGreg Holland retired only one of the three batters he faced in Sunday's win over the Phillies.
ImpactHolland entered to a 9-4 Kansas City lead and runners on first and second. He got Chase Utley to fly out but Ryan Howard and Michael Young hit back-to-back singles so the Royals turned to fire-balling setup man Kelvin Herrera, who finished the game for his first save. Holland shouldn't lose his job yet, but Herrera needs to be picked up in leagues where he remains unowned.
Greg Holland remains Royals' closer | 04/07/2013 12:57 PM
NewsRoyals manager Ned Yost said Greg Holland remains the team's closer following Saturday's blown save.
Kansas City Star
ImpactHolland blew a two-run lead when he served up a two-out, bases-clearing double to the Phillies' Kevin Frandsen. The hard-thrower has earned a bit of a leash, but the Royals have a nice back-up option in Kelvin Herrera, so Holland can't afford too many slip-ups. "We're not going to lose (many) games like that," Yost said, "without making an adjustment. But we're not near that point yet. You don't like losing games like that. And every time you do, everybody wants to pop the closer question. I can't get involved in that."
Holland blows save vs. Phillies, takes loss | 04/06/2013 10:06 PM
NewsGreg Holland blew a two-run lead in the ninth inning as the Royals lost to the Phillies on Saturday.
ImpactHolland walked the bases loaded then nearly escaped the threat by registering two strikeouts. But he lost the game moments later on Kevin Frandsen's bases-clearing double. Holland's seat isn't yet warm, but the Royals don't have a shortage of other options if the 27-year-old continues to struggle. Kelvin Herrera is a major talent.
|Date||Team||Opp||GS||DEC||YTD W||YTD L||YTD SV||YTD ERA||CG||SHO||IP||H||R||ER||HR||BB||K||Status|
Career Regular Season Statistics
2014 Game Highs
|Most Innings Pitched (Relief)||1.0||64 times-last: vs. Ana||last: Oct 5||1.0|
|Most Strikeouts (Relief)||3||6 times-last: vs. Bos||last: Sep 12||3|
Career Highs (SEASON)
|Innings Pitched||67||2 times-last: 2013 (KC)|
|Hits Allowed||58||2012 (KC)|
|Runs Allowed||22||2012 (KC)|
|Earned Runs Allowed||22||2012 (KC)|
|Home Runs Allowed||3||4 times-last: 2014 (KC)|
|Earned Run Average||1.21*||2013 (KC)|