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Mon, 20 May 2013 16:53:22 -0700
Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost said he's looking to "mix and match" different relievers in the eighth inning to give RP Kelvin Herrera a chance to pitch in lower-leverage situations. RPs Aaron Crow, Tim Collins, Luke Hochevar or even Bruce Chen could become the primary setup man to RP Greg Holland while Herrera works on some things. Herrera allowed a game-winning homer Sunday, May 19, and it was his eighth homer allowed in his last 14 innings.
Fantasy Tip: There's no telling who might emerge as the new eighth-inning setup man, or if Herrera will get the job back rather quickly. Herrera can be dropped now in most leagues as Holland's primary handcuff while he works out his problems in allowing the long ball.
Tue, 07 May 2013 13:28:35 -0700
Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost said he'll choose between RPs Aaron Crow and Luke Hochevar for a save situation Tuesday, May 7, with RP Greg Holland being rested.
Fantasy Tip: Holland threw each of the last two nights, culminating in 27 offerings in his blown save last night. Crow and Kelvin Herrera haven't been pitching well, either, so Holland doesn't appear to be in any imminent danger of losing his job right now. If you own Crow, get him into your lineup, but don't make a dash to pick up Crow or Herrera unless you're in a deep AL league and are scouring for potential save sources.
Mon, 22 Apr 2013 15:24:50 -0700
Kansas City Royals RP Greg Holland closed out both games of the doubleheader against the Boston Red Sox Sunday, April 21, and he appears to be firmly set in the team's closer role after starting the year out in a rough patch. "I was wondering," manager Ned Yost admitted, "what his stuff was going to be like after saving the first game. He came out and had dynamic stuff in the second game." Holland and the coaching staff determined that he was overusing his fastball to try and get ahead of hitters instead of mixing in his three pitches aggressively. Holland has now retired all nine hitters he's faced in his last three outings.
Fantasy Tip: Yost hasn't lost confidence in Holland through his early season rough patch, so you shouldn't either. It'll take a much more prolonged slump out of him for Yost to consider giving Kelvin Herrera regular save opps. Herrera hit a rough patch of his own, but he's still worth owning in deeper leagues.
Wed, 10 Apr 2013 19:37:53 -0700
Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost feels struggling RP Greg Holland might be back on track. "He figured something out last night, I think," Yost said Wednesday, April 10. He thinks Holland's approach was wrong, and that he was just trying to place his fastball for strikes instead of aggressively using his full assortment of pitches.
Sun, 07 Apr 2013 10:03:26 -0700
Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost said RP Greg Holland would remain the team's closer despite blowing a save against the Philadelphia Phillies Saturday, April 6, where he walked three consecutive batters before eventually allowing a bases-clearing walkoff double with two outs. "Greg was throwing 97 miles an hour," Yost said. "He had his good fastball. In Chicago (on Thursday) and all spring, what made me a little nervous, is he was 91-92. (Saturday) night, he got his good fastball back. When he was missing, he wasn't all over the place. He was missing by that much (holding his thumb and forefinger an inch apart). Everybody looks at the end result. It's not always just that. This is just a simple adjustment. With another umpire behind home plate, he might not have given up a run. Some of those pitches might have been rung up (for strikes). I thought he had (Chase) Utley struck out."
Fantasy Tip: Holland earned his job by saving 16 out of 18 games last season following the trade of Jonathan Broxton to the Cincinnati Reds and is in no imminent danger of being replaced. However, if Holland's struggles continue, RP Kelvin Herrera could find himself being called upon to close games.
Fri, 15 Feb 2013 14:12:39 -0800
Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost said RP Greg Holland has no competition for the closer role heading into the season. "There's no question," Yost said. "There's no competition at closer. But there's a lot of competition for that last job or two in the bullpen – guys who have pitched in the big leagues and guys who haven't pitched in the big leagues but have quality stuff with the ability to throw strikes."
Mon, 11 Feb 2013 14:51:29 -0800
Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost thinks the team can get away with a seven-man bullpen this year, which is one less than they carried for much of last season. RPs Greg Holland, Kelvin Herrera, Tim Collins and Aaron Crow are locks, and Ps Luke Hochevar, Bruce Chen and Luis Mendoza could be battling for the final spot. Hochevar, Chen and Mendoza are also all out of minor league options.
Wed, 31 Oct 2012 11:30:53 -0700
Kansas City Royals RP Joakim Soria (elbow), who recently became a free agent, may not be ready to pitch until June of next year after undergoing Tommy John surgery. RP Greg Holland is expected to open the 2013 season as the team's closer.
Thu, 30 Aug 2012 15:51:00 -0700
Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost said he is hoping he doesn't have to use RP Greg Holland Thursday, Aug. 30.
Tue, 31 Jul 2012 15:13:04 -0700
Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost said RP Greg Holland will serve as the team's new closer.