A night to reflect on Saturday’s disappointing loss didn’t prompt Royals manager Ned Yost to alter any roles in his bullpen before Sunday’s series finale against the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Greg Holland remains the closer, despite blowing a two-run lead Saturday in the ninth inning of the 4-3 loss, but there’s a caveat: “We’re not going to lose (many) games like that,” Yost said, “without making an adjustment. But we’re not near that point yet. “You don’t like losing games like that. And every time you do, everybody wants to pop the closer question. I can’t get involved in that.” The Royals have a ready alternative in Kelvin Herrera who blew through the Phillies in the eighth inning before Holland’s collapse. But Holland earned some rope by his performance last season after becoming the closer. Holland gained the role following the July 31 trade that sent Jonathan Broxton to Cincinnati and closed the season by going 3-1 with 16 saves in 18 chances with a 1.98 ERA in 26 appearances. Yost even saw reasons for optimism Saturday in Holland’s disappointing outing, which began with three straight walks before he yielded a three-run 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.
Manager says Greg Holland remains KC’s closer — for now
Kansas City Star | Apr 7