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Greg Holland | Relief Pitcher | #56

Team: Colorado Rockies
Age / DOB:  (31) / 11/20/1985
Ht / Wt:  5'10" / 214
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Western Carolina
Drafted: 2007 / Rd. 10 (0) / KC
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USA Today's Bob Nightengale reports that the Cardinals "plan to pounce" on Greg Holland once he formally declines his player option for 2018.
Holland's agent, Scott Boras, said Friday that his client "hasn't made any decisions" as to whether he'll exercise his $15 million player option for 2018. However, it seems to be a formality that he'll indeed exercise it and hit the open market. The Cardinals are expected to be on the lookout for bullpen help this winter, so it's no surprise they're getting connected to the Rockies' closer. Holland tied for the National League lead with 41 saves this season while posting a 3.61 ERA and 70/26 K/BB ratio over 57 1/3 innings. Oct 13 - 4:36 PM

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Greg Holland's agent, Scott Boras, said Friday that his client "hasn't made any decisions" as to whether he'll exercise his $15 million player option for 2018.

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reported Thursday that Holland would decline the option and hit the open market. While it may be true that the closer hasn't technically made a formal decision yet, him declining the option is a formality. Holland tied for the National League lead in saves (41) this season and is set to receive a multi-year contract this winter.
Oct 13 - 10:15 AM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, Greg Holland will decline his $15 million player option for 2018 and hit the free agent market this winter.

Holland faded in the second half of the 2017 season with Colorado, but he still wound up tied for the National League lead in saves (41) with Kenley Jansen of the Dodgers and the 31-year-old Scott Boras client is almost certain to find a multi-year deal on the open market. Heyman writes that "Boras believes it's time for an explosion of salaries for bullpen stars." Holland figures to draw free agent interest from a range of clubs, including the Rockies.
Oct 12 - 12:58 PM

Greg Holland notched his 40th save against the Diamondbacks on Monday.

He walked one and threw just eight of his 18 pitches for strikes, but he didn't give up any hits. While Holland allowed a run Saturday, he's 4-for-4 saving games this month.
Sep 12 - 1:46 AM

Greg Holland picked up a save with a flawless ninth inning Friday against the Dodgers.

It was Holland's fifth straight scoreless outing since his ugly August run concluded. Mostly, it just seems it was a matter of him finding his slider again.
Sep 9 - 2:18 AM

Greg Holland ended up with a win after pitching a scoreless ninth in a tie game Monday against the Giants.

Holland went five days without pitching before throwing a perfect inning down 5-1 in the ninth yesterday. He didn't get a strikeout today, his slider is coming back after he lost it during his disastrous run last month. He'll probably get the next save chance the Rockies generate, though he might not be available tomorrow after working back-to-back days.
Sep 4 - 7:12 PM

Greg Holland pitched a perfect ninth with the Rockies down a run to the Tigers on Monday.

Holland's stuff remained flat, but he was able to retire James McCann, Jose Iglesias and JaCoby Jones on 13 pitches. It means there's a good chance he'll get the next save chance the Rockies generate.
Aug 29 - 12:19 AM

Rockies manager Bud Black said Sunday that the club will "navigate" the closer role for the time being.

Greg Holland will be unavailable to pitch Sunday while he works on the trademark slider that's abandoned him of late. It's clear that Black wants to keep Holland in the closer role, but his hand has been forced with the righty allowing 14 runs over his last eight appearances. Jake McGee closed out Saturday's win after Holland was pulled, although Pat Neshek had already pitched. Both McGee and Neshek should be owned in fantasy leagues. Holland should be able to get his job back quickly if he can have a clean appearance or two.
Aug 27 - 12:57 PM

Greg Holland had another adventurous night Saturday, allowing three hits and two runs while recording one out against the Braves.

Holland was handed a three-run lead to protect against the bottom of the Braves' order, but a single and a one-out, two-run homer by pinch-hitter Matt Adams made things interesting. After an Ender Inciarte single brought the winning run to the plate, Rockies manager Bud Black had seen enough, calling on Jake McGee to get the final two outs to earn the save. It's the third time in his last four outings and the fifth time in his last eight that Holland has allowed multiple runs, something the Rockies can't afford in the middle of a playoff race. Black gave Holland a vote of confidence after his last meltdown, but something has to give.
Aug 27 - 1:30 AM

Greg Holland pitched a perfect ninth to protect a one-run lead as the Rockies beat the Royals 3-2 on Thursday.

It's still hard to believe that Bud Black stood by Holland in the closer's role after his latest ugly appearance Thursday, but it turned out fine today. It helped that Holland got the right part of the Royals order; he faced Alcides Escobar, Cheslor Cuthbert and then pinch-hitter Mike Moustakas. He didn't strike out anyone, but he was able to get through the inning in just seven pitches. We doubt he's out of the woods yet.
Aug 24 - 5:53 PM

Rockies manager Bud Black indicated late Wednesday that Greg Holland will remain the team's closer.

Holland served up a walkoff three-run homer to Eric Hosmer on Wednesday, suffering his third blown save in his last four save opportunities. He's been lit up for 12 earned runs over his last six appearances combined and his season ERA has climbed from 1.60 to 3.77 since the beginning of August. Yet it sounds like the Rockies won't make a change. "We'll talk about it, but my initial instinct is to keep Greg where he is," Black said after Wednesday's loss in Kansas City. "We wouldn't be where we are without him, and he's going through a bit of a tough stretch as far as making pitches ... His arm feels good. He still has confidence." Pat Neshek and Jake McGee remain worthwhile stashes.
Aug 24 - 8:56 AM

Greg Holland took another blown save and loss tonight after giving up three runs in the ninth Wednesday against the Royals.

This has to be it for Holland for a little while; he looked flat-out awful in giving up a single, a walk and Eric Hosmer's walkoff homer on an 86-mph slider that didn't move. Even the outs were loud. He's given up 12 runs in his last six appearances, taking his ERA from 1.56 to 3.77. The Rockies will have to go to look elsewhere for saves -- probably to Pat Neshek and Jake McGee -- until Holland gets his stuff back.
Aug 24 - 12:18 AM

Greg Holland has allowed nine runs on eight hits and five walks over his last five appearances.

Holland has seen his ERA jump from 1.56 to 3.22 along the way. He was pulled in the middle of an appearance after entering a tie game on Saturday against the Brewers. Rockies manager Bud Black said Holland feels fine and the Rockies' closer said he simply hasn't been "executing quality pitches." He also admitted to tinkering with his mechanics. Fatigue could be a factor in his first full season back from Tommy John surgery, but the Rockies plan to continue relying on him in the ninth inning.
Source: Denver Post
Aug 22 - 10:15 AM

Greg Holland imploded in the ninth inning, allowing four runs and taking a loss to the Indians on Tuesday.

He was called in to lock down a 1-0 lead in the ninth inning and blew it in epic fashion. He walked two batters then allowed an RBI single to Austin Jackson to tie the game and blow the save. Then he served up a walk-off gopherball to Yan Gomes. It was Holland's third blown save and third loss of the season.
Aug 8 - 10:12 PM

Greg Holland, back from a finger injury, pitched a scoreless ninth to pick up a win Thursday against the Mets.

Holland came into a tie game and was credited with the victory after the Rockies scored in the bottom of the ninth. The win was his second in 41 appearances this year.
Aug 3 - 7:12 PM

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3Jake McGee
4Pat Neshek
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8Scott Oberg
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