Greg Holland Is Kansas City Royals' First-Half MVP

By John Raffel
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The closer continues to be a precious commodity that most MLB teams cherish more than anyone. Some teams have players they can call their permanent closer, while many others have to switch around between various individuals. Either way is okay as long as the bullpen can get the saves, but practically every team would prefer one closer, not two or more. It just makes it simpler for obvious reasons.

Greg Holland has given the Kansas City Royals the luxury of the one closer his manager can use game after game. He’s automatic in every sense of the word. Royals manager Ned Yost went on the record Wednesday, prior to his team’s 8-1 loss to the New York Yankees, to confirm that he would glady use Holland for a third consecutive day, if necessary.

Teams like the Detroit Tigers, who still haven’t identified a closer, would love having some a reliable like Holland on their roster. The Royals would be advised never to unload Holland the way he’s pitching now, unless they get a couple of All-Stars in return.

He’s one of the best in the league right now. Holland has converted 15 straight saves in more than two months. He hasn’t blown a save since early March. In a 23-inning stretch, his ERA is 0.78  and for the season, it’s at 1.80.

Holland is even better than last season, when he was awfully good with a 7-4 record, 2.96 ERA and 16 saves while pitching in 67 games. He had an 1.89 ERA in 46 outings in 2011. Right now, Holland is arguably Kansas City’s MVP.

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