Kansas City Royals Closer Greg Holland Turning It Around
Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost believes in closer Greg Holland, even if that means no one outside of the organization did before Tuesday’s contest. After back-to-back shaky outings, Holland appears to have turned things around.
Holland blew a save against the Philadelphia Phillies on April 6 after giving up three walks and three earned runs on one hit in 2/3 of an inning. He was able to record a hold the following night against the Phillies, but he allowed an earned run on two hits in 1/3 of an inning. However, what looked to be another nightmare outing on Tuesday night turned into something special.
“He figured something out last night, I think,” Yost told Royals.com.
Holland allowed a hit and walked two batters to load the bases for Minnesota Twins slugger Joe Mauer. What looked to be a dire situation turned into a blessing in disguise, as the right-hander struck out Mauer to secure the win and earn his second save in three attempts this season.
“My mindset was to get ahead so I can use all my pitches, which I haven’t done the last few outings,” Holland said, according to Royals.com “I was so [focused] on getting ahead with my fastball that I haven’t pitched like I pitched in years past, when I would throw any pitch in any count.”
Clearly, taking a different approach against Mauer paid off. Even though Minnesota’s catcher has not been able to post solid power numbers so far this season, he is still a very difficult out to record.
Hopefully, Holland will be able to build off of the earned save and use what he learned the next time he steps on the mound.
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