Let’s face it … Greg Holland has had a monster season for the Rockies as the team’s closer. We published an article recently about just where Holland’s season could rank in Colorado’s history books. In an offseason where signing Holland, coming off Tommy John surgery, was viewed as a high-risk, high-reward move, Colorado was willing to take the chance. The team has been rewarded for its faith.
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In Thursday’s 6-3 win over the Mariners in Seattle, Holland recorded his 20th consecutive save. When the Rockies have needed him, Holland has come through. With an ERA at 1.34 and 29 strikeouts versus only seven walks in 20.2 innings, the 31-year-old right-hander has been exactly what Colorado management hoped he would be when they signed him.
However, it’s a guarantee that Holland will blow a save as the season goes along. It’s possible that he could blow more than one. In his best year, Holland was 46-for-48 with the Kansas City Royals in 2014. The following year with the Royals, he was 32-for-37.
Despite how he has looked so far, Holland is indeed human. He will struggle at some point this season. However, there is little doubt (based on his past performances) that Holland will bounce back, whatever struggles he might face. Just be prepared that a struggle is coming.