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May 5, 2021 11:32 AM
Royals' Greg Holland: Takes blown save
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Holland was charged with a blown save against Cleveland on Tuesday, allowing three inherited runners to score while allowing one hit and striking out two.

Holland entered with one out and the bases loaded in the sixth inning in relief of starter Mike Minor. A fielding error by Nicky Lopez allowed two runs to score, followed by a game-tying RBI single by Harold Ramirez. While all three runs were charged to Minor, Holland still took his first blown save of the season. The 35-year-old has had a rough campaign so far, compiling a 4.09 ERA and 1.82 WHIP with two saves -- the last of which came back on April 18, as Josh Staumont has largely taken over the ninth inning for Kansas City.

April 26, 2021 11:00 PM
Royals' Greg Holland: Records hold Monday
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Holland pitched a scoreless eighth inning with one hit and two strikeouts to earn a hold in Monday's 3-2 win over the Tigers.

Holland was effective in his outing, but it's notable that he didn't work in the ninth inning. Closing duties went to Josh Staumont for the second straight save opportunity. The 35-year-old Holland has struggled a bit in 2021 with a 5.63 ERA, 2.13 WHIP and 8:7 K:BB across eight innings. He's picked up two saves, two holds and a 2-1 record in eight appearances. Manager Mike Matheny will likely continue to use a committee approach to the closer role until one reliever takes control of the job. Wade Davis and Scott Barlow are also in the mix for high-leverage work.

April 24, 2021 12:12 PM
Royals' Greg Holland: Reinstated from injured list
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Holland (undisclosed) was reinstated from the injured list Saturday.

Holland was placed on the injured list for an unspecified reason Friday, but he'll return just one day later. The right-hander should be the favorite for save chances once again now that he's available. Holland has converted on both of his save opportunities this year but has posted a 6.43 ERA and 2.29 WHIP in seven innings.

April 23, 2021 06:28 PM
Royals' Greg Holland: Placed on injured list
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Holland was placed on the injured list for an unspecified reason Friday.

Holland gave up three runs in two-thirds of an inning during a relief appearance Tuesday, and he'll now be forced to miss time. The fact that the Royals didn't provide an injury designation for Holland suggests that he could be on the COVID-19 injured list. If that's the case, he'll be eligible to return once he clears the league's health and safety protocols as long as he hasn't tested positive for the virus. Brad Brach's contract was selected in a corresponding move, while Wade Davis and Scott Barlow could see save chances in Holland's absence.

April 21, 2021 12:24 PM
Royals' Greg Holland: Sloppy in non-save situation
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Holland gave up three runs on three hits and a walk with one strikeout in two-thirds of an inning in Tuesday's 14-7 loss the Rays.

This was an impromptu bullpen game for the Royals. Holland began the ninth inning, but allowed homers to Mike Zunino and Austin Meadows before infielder Hanser Alberto took the mound to get the final out. Through seven innings, Holland has a 6.43 ERA, 2.29 WHIP and 6:7 K:BB. He's logged two saves, a hold and a 2-1 record in seven appearances.

April 18, 2021 11:00 PM
Royals' Greg Holland: Notches second save
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Holland picked up his second save of the season after tossing a scoreless ninth inning Sunday against the Blue Jays. He struck out one.

Holland entered the ninth with a two-run lead and didn't have problems slamming the door on an anemic Blue Jays offense that went 2-for-30 with eight strikeouts as a team. The veteran reliever struck out Randal Grichuk and later retired Rowdy Tellez on a flyout and Alejandro Kirk on a popout to end the game, needing just 13 pitches (seven strikes) to get the job done. Holland is 2-for-2 in save opportunities this season.

April 18, 2021 12:24 AM
Royals' Greg Holland: Collects win in nightcap
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Holland (2-1) picked up the win in the second game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Blue Jays after throwing a perfect seventh inning.

He kept the Jays off the board on 14 pitches (nine strikes), working around a Hanser Alberto throwing error, and Holland was rewarded when Salvador Perez walked it off with a solo shot. Holland has a 3.38 ERA and shaky 4:6 K:BB through 5.1 innings, but he remains in the late-inning mix for Kansas City and has one save and one hold in addition to his two wins.

April 15, 2021 07:28 PM
Royals' Greg Holland: Narrowly escapes with save
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Holland earned the save against the Angels on Tuesday, pitching 1.1 scoreless innings and yielding two hits along with one walk while striking out two.

Holland came on to protect a one-run lead with two outs and a runner on third base in the top of the eighth frame, striking out Jon Jay to end the threat. He walked a tightrope in the ninth, however, allowing two of the first three batters to reach base before striking out Mike Trout and eventually escaping courtesy of a Salvador Perez pickoff throw to third base. Despite the tenuous finish, Holland had some big moments to earn his first save.

April 11, 2021 06:48 PM
Royals' Greg Holland: Nabs win with two scoreless innings
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Holland (1-1) pitched two scoreless innings and allowed two walks to earn the win in Sunday's extra-inning victory over the White Sox.

Holland entered the game after Jesse Hahn failed to record an out in the eighth inning. The 35-year-old Holland proceeded to throw 15 of his 26 pitches for strikes over two innings of work, and he became the pitcher of record when Michael Taylor scored on an error in the 10th. Sunday was Holland's first scoreless outing of the year. He's allowed three runs (two earned) on four hits and five walks while striking out two in three innings this season. He has no saves and one hold in three outings.

April 8, 2021 02:20 PM
Royals' Greg Holland: Woeful outing Wednesday
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Holland (0-1) gave up two runs on three hits and a walk while fanning one in just one-third of an inning Wednesday against the Indians. He was tagged with the loss.

Holland was absolutely dreadful Wednesday, as he allowed four of five batters to reach safely before being lifted. Holland has given up three runs (two earned) in one inning of work across his first two appearances of the season, and while he is enduring a slow start, he remains the favorite for save chances for the time being.

April 2, 2021 12:04 PM
Royals' Greg Holland: Settles for hold Thursday
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Holland allowed an unearned run on a hit and two walks and struck out one over two-thirds of an inning in Thursday's 14-10 win over the Rangers. He was credited with a hold.

Holland is the favorite for saves in Kansas City, but he wasn't very efficient Thursday. He entered with two outs in the eighth inning and struck out Leody Taveras. Holland then made things interesting with a messy start to the ninth. A passed ball and a wild pitch allowed Isiah Kiner-Falefa to score, and Joey Gallo walked before Holland was replaced by Wade Davis, who struck out the last two batters. Holland was excellent with six saves, two holds, a 1.91 ERA and 0.95 WHIP across 28.1 innings last season. He'll need to display better command moving forward to avoid ceding more closing opportunities to Davis, Scott Barlow or Josh Staumont.

March 13, 2021 08:40 PM
Royals' Greg Holland: Smooth start to spring
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Holland has looked good to start spring, striking out five and walking none through three hitless, scoreless innings.

Holland stepped into the closer role last season after Trevor Rosenthal was traded to the Padres, finishing with six saves. He appears set to remain in that role heading into the upcoming season, though he'll have to pitch well to keep the job. His seniority and the experience that comes with his 212 career saves will give him a bit of leeway, but if he looks like the guy who posted ERAs above 4.50 in 2018 and 2019, he could face a challenge from Scott Barlow or Josh Staumont, both of whom possess better strikeout stuff than Holland does at this point in his career.

December 14, 2020 02:56 PM
Royals' Greg Holland: Back in Kansas City
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Holland (oblique) and the Royals agreed to a one-year, $2.75 million contract Monday.

The deal contains an additional $1.5 million worth of incentives. The 35-year-old had a bounceback season in his return to Kansas City last year, cruising to a 1.91 ERA in 28.1 innings while saving six games, marking the fourth time he'd finished a season with an ERA below 2.00, something he accomplished in 2011, 2013 and 2014. He suffered an oblique strain in late September, but the Royals are seemingly not too worried about that issue carrying over into next season. The veteran will likely get the chance to add to his 212 career saves in 2021, though Josh Staumont and Scott Barlow could also lay claim to ninth-inning opportunities.

September 25, 2020 10:24 PM
Royals' Greg Holland: Placed on injured list
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Holland (oblique) was placed on the 10-day injured list with a right oblique strain Friday.

Holland suffered his oblique injury while warming up to enter the game Thursday, and he'll be sidelined for the final three games of the regular season as a result. Ian Kennedy was called up in a corresponding move, but Scott Barlow and Josh Staumont could be candidates to serve as the closer over the final series of the year. During his return to the Royals this year, Holland posted a 1.91 ERA and 0.95 WHIP over 28.1 innings.

September 25, 2020 12:08 AM
Royals' Greg Holland: Dealing with oblique injury
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Holland did not pitch in Thursday's win over the Tigers because of a right oblique injury, Jeffrey Flanagan of reports.

The right-hander was warming up to enter the game when the oblique issue flared up. The extent of the injury is not yet known, but given the nature of most oblique issues, his season could very well be over.

September 21, 2020 11:56 PM
Royals' Greg Holland: Notches sixth save
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Holland allowed one hit and struck out one in a scoreless inning Monday, earning a save in the win over St. Louis.

Holland allowed a leadoff single to Yadier Molina but made quick work of the next three batters, needing just 10 pitches to retire the 6-7-8 hitters. The 34-year-old picked up his sixth save of the season and his first in over a week. Holland now owns a strong 1.91 ERA in 28.1 innings.

September 14, 2020 02:56 AM
Royals' Greg Holland: Three saves in four days
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Holland struck out one in a perfect ninth inning Saturday against the Pirates to pick up his fifth save of the season.

Holland now has three saves and a win in the last five days and is likely going to win some fantasy leagues for managers down the stretch. He has pitched four of the last five days and each of the last two, so he is likely unavailable Sunday.

September 12, 2020 09:28 AM
Royals' Greg Holland: Records save
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Holland struck out two in a perfect ninth inning to secure a 4-3 win over the Pirates on Friday.

Holland logged his fourth save of the year. After having an ERA above 3.60 for the past four seasons, Holland continues his revival by lowering his 2020 ERA to 2.22 over 24.1 innings.

September 9, 2020 10:24 PM
Royals' Greg Holland: Picks up third save
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Holland recorded the save Wednesday against the Indians by allowing one hit with one strikeout and zero walks in a scoreless ninth inning.

The veteran right-hander gave up a two-out triple to Delino DeShields, but he was able to record the final out without surrendering the shutout. Holland has a 2.31 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 25:7 K:BB while converting all three save opportunities in a rebound season.

August 31, 2020 11:56 PM
Royals' Greg Holland: Notches second save
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Holland allowed a hit and struck out one in a scoreless ninth inning to earn the save in Monday's 2-1 win over Cleveland.

The Royals took the lead in the eighth inning, and Holland made it stand with a fairly clean outing. Holland has a 2.84 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 18 strikeouts across 19 innings to go with two saves and two holds. With Trevor Rosenthal shipped to San Diego and Ian Kennedy battling a calf injury, Holland should see most of the save chances in the near future. Scott Barlow is also in the closing mix -- he allowed two hits in a scoreless eighth inning and earned the win Monday.

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