A few games into the 2013 season, many fantasy baseball owners pushed the panic button on Greg Holland.
After a subpar spring, Holland blew his second save chance and allowed four earned runs in his first two innings pitched over three appearances. He then recorded his next save chance but it wasn’t pretty as he walked two and gave up a hit. After pitching a bunch in the early going and struggling, Kelvin Herrera then picked up the next two save chances and it was certainly time for concern.
Despite these issues, manager Ned Yost fortunately voiced his confidence in Holland and he has rolled after that. Since April 16, Holland is three-for-three in save chances. He has struck out eight of nine batters faced in three straight perfect innings. Meanwhile, Herrera has given up six earned runs in four innings; helping cement Holland’s role as closer.
Sunday was a big day for the 27-year-old as he saved both wins for the Kansas City Royals over the Boston Red Sox. He struck out all but one batter he faced in two perfect innings and all five of his strikeouts were swinging. His velocity is back up and control is on target after issuing six walks in his first three innings pitched.
He now has five saves and 13 strikeouts in six innings pitched and shown that the slow start was just that, a slow start and nothing more. Holland is extremely secure in his closer role for the time being, and with the Royals playing well in first place in their division, it looks like plenty more save chances are on the horizon.