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Royals' Greg Holland: Blows save, takes loss

Holland (2-3) was tagged with a loss and a blown save against the Yankees on Wednesday, allowing two runs on three hits while retiring only one batter (via strikeout). Holland was brought into the game in the ninth inning to protect a one-run lead but couldn't come through. He started off strong by striking out Aaron Judge before giving up a game-tying homer to Gary Sanchez. Holland walked off the mound with a loss two batters later following a single, a wild pitch and another single. He may currently be the Royals' top option for saves, but with four blown saves in nine chances this season, he isn't an especially reliable closer.
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Royals' Greg Holland: Collects fifth save

Holland picked up the save against the Yankees on Tuesday after tossing a scoreless inning. He allowed one hit and a walk while striking out two. Holland worked around a bloop single to Gio Urshela and an intentional walk to Gary Sanchez to close out a one-run lead against a volatile Yankees lineup. The Royals have favored more of a closer-by-committee approach, limiting Holland to five saves on the season. It doesn't help that he's issued 16 free passes across 28 innings. That all said, he's probably the best bet for saves among the Kansas City bullpen right now.

Royals' Greg Holland: Logs fourth save

Holland pitched a perfect inning with one strikeout to earn the save in Friday's 5-3 win over Boston. Holland blew a save opportunity and took the loss Wednesday versus Detroit, but manager Mike Matheny went right back to the veteran Friday. The confidence paid off as Holland converted his fourth save of the year. The veteran reliever has a 4.15 ERA, 1.46 WHIP and 28:15 K:BB across 26 innings this year. Kansas City's bullpen remains a crowded committee, although Holland and Josh Staumont appear to be the current favorites for save chances.

Royals' Greg Holland: Tosses clean inning

Holland pitched a perfect inning with one strikeout in Tuesday's 4-3 loss to Detroit. In his last 10 outings, Holland has allowed just two runs with a 9:2 K:BB across nine innings. He had a somewhat slow start to the year, but the right-hander now owns a 3.28 ERA and 1.42 WHIP across 24.2 innings. He's picked up three saves, four holds and a 2-1 record, so Holland should continue to see work in high-leverage situations.

Royals' Greg Holland: Nabs hold Sunday

Holland allowed a hit and three walks with two strikeouts in 1.2 innings to earn a hold in Sunday's 4-3 loss to the White Sox. The right-hander was shaky but effective in relief of starter Brady Singer. Holland's effort was wasted in the end, as Wade Davis gave up two runs in the ninth inning to blow the save. The 35-year-old Holland owns a 4.30 ERA, 1.91 WHIP and 18:12 K:BB across 14.2 innings. He's picked up two saves, three holds, a blown save and a 2-1 record in 15 outings as Kansas City has deployed a closer-by-committee approach in 2021.

Royals' Greg Holland: Still struggling early in season

Holland surrendered two runs on three hits and struck out one over one inning in Sunday's 9-3 loss to the White Sox. Holland last recorded a save on April 18. He had pitched four straight innings without being charged with a run entering Sunday, but he faltered in the seventh inning against the White Sox. Holland sports a 5.25 ERA, 1.92 WHIP and 13:8 K:BB in 12 innings this season. The Royals have lost eight straight games, so save chances haven't come up lately. Manager Mike Matheny might hesitate to call on Holland the next time there's a lead to protect in the ninth given the relievers inconsistent pitching so far.

Royals' Greg Holland: Reinstated from injured list

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.
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Royals RHP Greg Holland reinstated from IL

The Kansas City Royals have reinstated Greg Holland to the active roster after the veteran right-handed reliever spent a day on the injured list for an undisclosed ailment. To make room on the roster, the Royals designated right-hander Brad Brach for assignment. Holland, 35, has converted both of his save...