When Ned Yost brings his closer into a game, he like any manager expects good things to happen. The Kansas City Royals had completely shut down the quiet Philadelphia Phillies offense and handed the ball to closer Greg Holland who already had one save this year. The Royals are a good team with good pitching and timely hitting that has the ability to help them go far. If this is going to be the way Holland closes however, his title might have to change for the team to reach their goals.
There seemed to be no explanation or reasoning behind it. Holland just came out wild. He walked Chase Utley and Ryan Howard. He then looked to be maybe settled down before throwing a bouncer up for ball four to load the bases. Only then did he find his calm point and settle in to get a couple of strikeouts. The line drive that came next was the heart-breaker that you had to know was coming. Never, ever walk the lead-off man or men in this case, in the ninth inning.
Yost is a calm but solid manager. I’m sure nothing will happen right now with Holland but they should keep an eye on him. The problem isn’t only that he blew a save it is how he did it. The incredibly wild pitching is absolutely inexcusable in a closer. If it was a fluke then it won’t happen again and they can move on with only a blown save here and there. If he does it again then I think Yost and company will need to take a serious look at closing options. It is possible that Holland will turn into a guy with closer type stuff that just cannot consistently close the games. I’m sure he would fit into the pen somewhere else nicely if he had to.