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AL East Standings

Team W-L L10 STRK
73-45 3-7 W1
62-54 3-7 W1
62-54 5-5 L1
61-56 5-5 L1
59-59 5-5 W3

2022 Pitching

Earned Run Average
Base on Balls (Walk)
Walks and Hits Allowed Per Inning
Regular Season 5 3 2.39 51 16 1.02

Top Clay Holmes News

  • Yankees' Clay Holmes: Move to IL confirmed

    Yankees manager Aaron Boone confirmed Wednesday that Holmes has been placed on the 15-day injured list with a left lower back spasm, Mark Feinsand of reports.

    Boone hinted a day earlier that Holmes' ongoing bout with the back issue would likely result in a stint on the IL, though the skipper noted that he's hopeful the 29-year-old misses the minimum 15 days, per Feinsand. Even if Holmes needs only a minimum-length IL stay, he may not reclaim the closer's gig when healthy, given his recent struggles of late in addition to Aroldis Chapman's long track record at the back end of the bullpen. It was Chapman's stint on the IL earlier in the season that allowed Holmes to take the closer's job and run with it, but Chapman has since returned to top form after a few turbulent appearances following his activation from the IL in early July. Over his last nine outings, Chapman has allowed five baserunners and has struck out 10 over 9.1 scoreless innings. The Yankees likely won't have much hesitation about reinstalling Chapman in the ninth-inning role while Holmes is on the shelf.

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  • Yankees' Clay Holmes: Likely moving to injured list

    Holmes said Tuesday he's been dealing with back spasms for the past couple days, and he may require a stint on the injured list, Lindsey Adler of The Athletic reports.

    The right-hander first had the issue crop over the weekend, and he experienced it again when throwing off a mound Tuesday. Holmes is set to rest and receive treatment, which is an indication he may require a stint on the 15-day IL. The 29-year-old's grip on the closer role was already slipping since he has surrendered seven runs and has three blown saves over his past five outings, and it now appears he'll be out for a couple weeks. Aroldis Chapman hasn't been scored upon in his past nine outings and is likely to reclaim ninth-inning duties if Holmes is out.

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  • Yankees' Clay Holmes: May lose closer job

    Holmes blew his fifth save of the season Friday against the Red Sox, allowing one run on a hit and two walks in a third of an inning, leading the Yankees to consider removing him from the closer role, Chris Kirschner of The Athletic reports.

    Holmes entered the game in the bottom of the ninth with a 2-1 lead, but he exited it after retiring just one batter, as J.D. Martinez tied the game with an RBI single after a pair of walks. Holmes' last save came back on July 22, and he's now blown two saves since then. His ERA now sits at a far more human 2.39 after it sat at a ridiculous 0.28 as late in the year as June 19. Whether or not he'll get the Yankees' next save chance is unclear.

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  • Yankees' Clay Holmes: Takes second straight blown save

    Holmes (5-3) allowed two runs on two hits and a walk with two strikeouts in one innings, taking a blown save and the loss Friday versus the Cardinals.

    Holmes was tasked with protecting a one-run lead in the eighth inning, but he allowed a two-run double to Paul DeJong. The Yankees couldn't even the score, leaving Holmes with his second loss and second blown save in as many appearances. Pete Caldera of The Bergen Record reported after the game that manager Aaron Boone said Aroldis Chapman would have received a save chance had Holmes held the lead. With Holmes' form slipping, his time as the Yankees' closer could be drawing to a close. The right-hander has a 2.12 ERA, 0.96 WHIP and 50:14 K:BB while going 17-for-21 in save chances across 46.2 innings this season.

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  • Yankees' Clay Holmes: Blows save, loses

    Holmes (5-2) picked up the loss after blowing a save in an 8-6 defeat Sunday against Kansas City. He allowed three runs on a hit, a walk and a hit batsman in two-thirds of an inning.

    Holmes entered the game in the ninth with the Yankees leading 6-5 and retired the first batter he faced. After walking Whit Merrifield and beaning Bobby Witt, Holmes gave up a three-run homer to Salvador Perez. It was the first time all season a batter hit one out of the park against Holmes. The 29-year-old has now blown two of his last three save chances and walked eight batters in his last 7.2 innings.

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  • Yankees' Clay Holmes: Picks up win Thursday

    Holmes (5-1) earned the win over the Royals on Thursday, walking two batters and striking out one over one scoreless inning.

    With neither team able to produce a run through eight innings, Holmes was brought in for the top of the ninth. He threw only eight of 18 pitches for strikes and walked two batters but was able to escape without allowing any runs. He was then credited with the victory when Aaron Judge hit a walkoff blast in the bottom of the frame. Since an uncharacteristic collapse against the Reds on July 12 during which he gave up four runs without retiring a batter, Holmes has subsequently completed five scoreless outings. If there's any concern about the All-Star closer, it's that he's walked at least one batter in six of his past seven appearances after issuing only five free passes across his first 37 outings of the season.

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  • Yankees' Clay Holmes: Locks down 17th save

    Holmes allowed one hit and struck out three across 1.2 scoreless innings to earn the save Friday against the Orioles.

    Holmes entered the game in the eighth inning after Michael King (elbow) exited suddenly. Holmes had no issue working on short notice and struck out half the batters he faced to record his 17th save of the season. He has maintained a pristine 1.26 ERA and 47:9 K:BB across 43 innings on the season.

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  • Yankees' Clay Holmes: Takes first loss

    Holmes (4-1) gave up four earned runs on two hits, a walk, and two hit batters without recording an out to take the loss in a 4-3 defeat to the Reds on Tuesday.

    Holmes has been one of the most dominant relievers in all of baseball this season, but he struggled immensely with his control in this outing, hitting Tyler Stephenson to load the basis and then later hitting Kyle Farmer to give up his second run of the inning. After Holmes was pulled from the game, he was responsible for the two runners who came in to score on a Jonathan India single off Wandy Peralta. Prior to this appearance, Holmes had only given up two earned runs all season. If he can bounce back soon, he should maintain his hold on the closer role in New York.

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  • Yankees' Clay Holmes: Can't convert save Saturday

    Holmes was charged with a blown save against the Red Sox on Saturday as a result of allowing one hit and one walk over 1.1 scoreless innings. He struck out one batter.

    Holmes entered the contest with two outs and a runner on second base while the Yankees were up by one run in the eighth inning. He walked Xander Bogaerts and gave up a single to Alex Verdugo, allowing Boston to tie the score. Holmes then retired Trevor Story and retired the side in order in the ninth, but Boston pulled out the win in the 10th frame. The blown save was just the second in 18 chances for Holmes on the season, and he's been exceptional overall with a minuscule 0.46 ERA, 0.74 WHIP and 40:6 K:BB over 39.1 innings.

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  • Yankees' Clay Holmes: Nails down 16th save

    Holmes did not allow a baserunner and struck out one across a scoreless ninth inning to earn the save Thursday against the Red Sox.

    Holmes had little trouble protecting a one-run lead to record his 16th save of the season. Despite the return of Aroldis Chapman, Holmes has remained the preferred option as the Yankees' closer. That status is well deserved, as Holmes has maintained a tremendous 0.47 ERA and 39:5 K:BB across 38 innings on the campaign.

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  • Yankees' Clay Holmes: Logs 15th save

    Holmes recorded the final out of a 6-1 win over the Guardians in the second game of a doubleheader Saturday, earning a save.

    Wandy Peralta initially entered the game with a five-run lead, but allowed two singles and a hit-by-pitch to load the bases with two outs. Holmes was able to escape the bases-loaded jam without trouble, earning his third save in the last five days and his 15th of the year. The right-hander has a 0.49 ERA, 0.73 WHIP and 38:5 K:BB through 37 innings, and it's expected he'll continue to see save chances even with Aroldis Chapman (Achilles) back in action. Chapman has been designated to pitch in the last three innings of games, per Bryan Hoch of, which suggests Holmes may have a slight upper hand in the bullpen hierarchy for now.

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  • Yankees' Clay Holmes: Secures another save

    Holmes didn't allow a baserunner in a scoreless ninth inning to earn his 14th save of the season in Wednesday's 5-3 win against Oakland. He did not record a strikeout.

    Holmes threw 11 of his 16 pitches for strikes and induced three groundouts to deliver a clean save. The right-hander threw 22 pitches Tuesday and has pitched three of the past four days, so manager Aaron Boone could attempt to minimize Holmes' usage Thursday in Houston.

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  • Yankees' Clay Holmes: Picks up 13th save

    Holmes allowed an unearned run on two hits and zero walks during the ninth inning to earn the save in Tuesday's 2-1 win over the A's. He struck out two batters.

    Holmes struck out the first two batters he faced, but a catcher's interference and two singles brought home a run before he was able to record the final out. It was still a successful save for the right-hander, who is 13-for-14 in save chances and has a 0.50 ERA, 0.76 WHIP and 38:5 K:BB across 35.2 innings this season. Aroldis Chapman (Achilles) has made multiple rehab appearances and is closing in on his return from the injured list, but Holmes' success could result in continued save chances even once Chapman is reinstated.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-5, 225 lbs
Birthplace: Dothan, AL
Age: 29
Experience: 3
Bats/Throws: R, R