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Greg Holland | Relief Pitcher

Team: Kansas City Royals
Age / DOB:  (28) / 11/20/1985
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 205
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Greg Holland retired both batters he faced in the ninth inning, earning his 38th save in a win against the Twins on Monday.
Holland expected to have the night off as the Royals entered the ninth with a five-run lead, but Aaron Crow surrendered a three-run home run to make Holland's presence necessary. Holland was able to retire Chris Parmelee on a ground out and Kurt Suzuki on a fly ball to end the contest. Holland leads the league with 38 saves in 40 opportunities and has a 1.84 ERA to go along with it. Aug 18 - 11:41 PM

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Greg Holland admitted Saturday that he's feeling a bit fatigued.

Holland was shaky in barely converting a save Friday and has walked a batter in each of his last four appearances. Despite feeling a bit worn down, Holland will continue seeing the save chances for the Royals. "You get a certain level of fatigue, at this point in the season, regardless of how often you’re used or not," Holland said. "Just from the everyday grind of trying to get ready for a baseball game every day. I just haven’t been as sharp as I want to be the last few outings. But it’s translated into wins. That’s the good news. I’m pretty confident that when I get back to where I want to be, we’ll win those games, too."
Aug 17 - 11:35 AM

Greg Holland danced around trouble to convert his AL-leading 37th save Friday against the Twins.

After entering the bottom of the ninth inning with a three-run lead, Holland walked Kurt Suzuki before giving up an RBI double to Oswaldo Arcia. The Twins later got closer on an RBI ground out by Chris Parmelee, but Holland managed to strike out Danny Santana swinging to end the ballgame. Holland has allowed seven hits and four walks over 7 2/3 innings this month, which isn't the elite level we are used to seeing with him, but he's managed to avoid disaster.
Aug 16 - 1:43 AM

Greg Holland delivered a perfect ninth inning Friday against the Giants for his AL-leading 33rd save of the season.

Holland struck out two in the inning and needed just 11 pitches to finish off the Giants. The 28-year-old now has a 1.81 ERA and 67/12 K/BB ratio over 44 2/3 innings this season and has firmly established himself as one of the game's top closers.
Aug 8 - 11:30 PM

Greg Holland navigated a rocky ninth inning -- allowing a run -- to earn his 32nd save of the season in a 4-3 win against the Diamondbacks on Wednesday.

After six solid innings by stud rookie Yordano Ventura, the Royals bridged to the ninth inning using scoreless frames by Kelvin Herrera (1.69 ERA) and Wade Davis (0.93 ERA). If the Royals' offense was as good as the back end of its bullpen, they'd win the World Series easily. Holland wasn't as good as usual tonight -- working around a pair of one-out singles and a Mark Trumbo sac fly -- but he got the job done. Holland boasts a 1.85 ERA and 0.96 WHIP.
Aug 7 - 12:52 AM

Greg Holland pitched a scoreless ninth inning against the A's to earn his 31st save on Sunday.

Holland struck out one while needing just 10 pitches to finish off the A's. He's now got a 1.69 ERA, 0.94 WHIP and 64/12 K/BB ratio over 42 2/3 innings this season. The 31 saves are the most in the American League.
Aug 3 - 8:51 PM

Greg Holland ran his save total up to 29 after working a perfect ninth inning as the Royals defeated the Twins 6-3 on Thursday.

It was Holland's 18th 1-2-3 inning of the season in 42 appearances. Fernando Rodney converted his 30th save on Thursday, so Holland remains one off of the American League lead. Holland is 29-for-31 in save opportunities with a 1.77 ERA and a 61/12 K/BB ratio.
Jul 31 - 11:30 PM

Greg Holland collected his 26th save of the season Wednesday in the Royals' defeat of the White Sox.

Holland retired all three batters he faced -- two via strikeout. The dominant 28-year-old closer now boasts a 1.72 ERA, 0.95 WHIP, and 56/10 K/BB ratio in 36 2/3 innings this season, and he's 26-for-27 in save chances.
Jul 23 - 5:34 PM

Greg Holland threw a perfect ninth inning to earn his 25th save of the season against the Tigers on Sunday.

Holland didn't allow a baserunner, fanning one in the inning. After a rough patch in the middle of June, Holland enters the break having allowed just one walk and no hits in his last five innings of work. The right-hander has a 1.82 ERA, 0.98 WHIP and 53/10 K/BB ratio over 34 2/3 innings overall.
Jul 13 - 6:17 PM

Greg Holland brought the tying run to the plate but escaped without harm to earn the save against the White Sox on Sunday.

Holland walked Jose Abreu and gave up a single to Alexei Ramirez with two outs, but he got Dayan Viciedo to ground out to end the game. The right-hander leads the American League with 20 saves, and he's got a stellar 1.35 ERA, 0.98 WHIP and 40/7 K/BB ratio in 26 2/3 innings.
Jun 15 - 5:58 PM

Greg Holland pitched a scoreless ninth inning against the Yankees on Sunday, picking up his 18th save of the season.

Holland ceded a single to Ichiro Suzuki to lead off the inning, but he retired the next three batters to preserve the win. Holland leads the AL with his 18 saves, and he owns a 1.46 ERA, 0.97 WHIP and 38/6 K/BB ratio over 24 2/3 innings this year.
Jun 8 - 6:16 PM

Greg Holland struck out the side en route to his 17th save in Thursday's win over the Cardinals.

Holland once again showed why he is one of baseball's most fearsome relievers. Along with 17 saves in 18 chances, Holland owns a 1.52 ERA, a 0.97 WHIP, and a 37/6 K/BB ratio in 23 2/3 innings.
Jun 5 - 10:39 PM

Greg Holland rendered the Cardinals useless on Tuesday, working a perfect ninth inning for his 16th save.

Holland had to face the meat of the Cardinals order and set them down without issue, striking out Matt Holliday and Allen Craig before getting Yadier Molina to fly out harmlessly to right. He's enjoying another fantastic season, owning a 1.66 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 32/6 K/BB ratio over 21 2/3 innings of work.
Jun 3 - 10:44 PM

Greg Holland picked up his 15th save with a scoreless 10th inning as the Royals defeated the Blue Jays 8-6 on Thursday.

Holland worked around a two-out single, recording strikeouts on two of his three outs. The right-hander continues to dominate, now 15-for-16 in save chances with a 1.74 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, and a 30/6 K/BB ratio in 20 2/3 innings.
May 29 - 10:55 PM

Greg Holland earned his 14th save of 2014 in the Royals' 7-4 defeat of the Angels on Saturday.

Holland struck out two of the three batters he faced in the bottom of the 13th inning as part of a seven-inning scoreless performance from the Kansas City bullpen. The dominant Royals closer owns an outstanding 1.93 ERA and 27 strikeouts in 18 2/3 frames this year.
May 25 - 12:20 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Salvador Perez
2Erik Kratz
1B1Eric Hosmer
2Billy Butler
2B1Omar Infante
SS1Alcides Escobar
3B1Mike Moustakas
2Christian Colon
LF1Josh Willingham
CF1Lorenzo Cain
2Jarrod Dyson
RF1Norichika Aoki
DH1Josh Willingham
2Raul Ibanez
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1James Shields
2Jason Vargas
3Jeremy Guthrie
4Yordano Ventura
5Danny Duffy
6Liam Hendriks
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Greg Holland
2Wade Davis
3Kelvin Herrera
4Jason Frasor
5Francisley Bueno
6Scott Downs
7Bruce Chen
8Luke Hochevar