Holland pitched around two baserunners during a scoreless ninth inning to collect his 35th save of the season during Monday's win over Atlanta. Holland had blown his previous two save attempts, so it's encouraging to see him right the ship. He's now closed out 35 of 38 opportunities successfully, and his 2.72 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 11.3 K/9 remain strong marks. It wouldn't be shocking if he continued to have the odd poor outing moving forward, but the veteran is unlikely to lose his closer job at this stage of the season.
Holland gave up a walkoff home run to Yan Gomes in the bottom of the ninth inning to blow his third save of the year in Tuesday's 4-1 loss to Cleveland. Called upon to protect a 1-0 lead, Holland instead walked two batters, then with two outs gave up a game-tying single to Austin Jackson before Gomes ended things in dramatic fashion. The right-hander has now blown consecutive save chances, and his 7.27 ERA in nine appearances since the All-Star break is a far cry from his early-season success. He still has an 11:4 K:BB in 8.2 innings over that stretch, however, and is in no danger of losing his spot as Colorado's closer.
Holland (2-2) picked up his second loss and second blown save Sunday against the Phillies after allowing two runs on three hits in the top of the ninth inning. All of Holland's losses and blown saves have come at Coors Field, but their infrequency has been remarkable given his home ballpark's extremely hitter-friendly conditions. He was unable to protect a 2-1 advantage here, as a Cameron Rupp double turned Colorado's one-run lead into a one-run deficit. Starter Jeff Hoffman was the real loser in all this, with Holland's blunder robbing him of a win after seven brilliant innings of one-run ball. The closer's ERA jumped from 1.56 to 1.96 with this performance, but he's in no danger of losing the ninth-inning role.
Holland (2-1) struck out two batters during a scoreless ninth inning to collect the win during Thursday's victory over the Mets. After cutting his finger in a kitchen accident and giving fantasy owners and the Rockies a scare, it was encouraging to see Holland back on the mound and in fine form Thursday. He sports an elite 1.60 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and 11.9 K/9 for the year, and his 33 saves pace the majors.
Holland (finger) should be an option out of the bullpen for Thursday's series finale against the Mets, Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post reports. Holland is dealing with a cut finger on his pitching hand, but it appears as though he can be called on to enter Thursday's game, if he's needed. Manager Bud Black may choose whether or not it is worth bringing in Holland while he is recovering from this minor injury when the situation arises, but it's expected that the 31-year-old is ready to go.
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