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Greg Holland is the Royals’ single-season saves leader

Sep 27, 2013, 12:37 AM EDT

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Royals closer Greg Holland pitched a scoreless ninth in a 3-2 game against the White Sox on Thursday, giving him his team-record 46th save in 49 chances this season.

Holland overtook Dan Quisenberry (1983) and Jeff Montgomery (1993) for the Royals record. He also fanned two batters to top 100 strikeouts for the season; he’s at 101 in 66 innings.

That makes Holland the 14th pitcher (11th different) to record 40 saves and 100 strikeouts in a season. Eric Gagne did it three times. The Braves’ Craig Kimbrel has a chance to do it for the third time this year, but he’s still four strikeouts short (he has 49 saves) with probably one or two appearances remaining. Also having pulled it off are Armando Benitez, Billy Wagner, Brad Lidge, Bryan Harvey, John Wetteland, Robb Nen, Trevor Hoffman and Ugueth Urbina.

Holland has accomplished all this after nearly losing the closer’s gig a week into the season. He gave up three earned runs in a loss and blown save on April 6 and then was pulled out of a save chance the next night, leading to speculation that Kelvin Herrera might replace him in the ninth. However, he quickly turned it around from there and never looked back,

  1. thegonz13 - Sep 27, 2013 at 7:06 AM

    Interesting footnote: all the Royals’ save records have come in years ending with a 3.

  2. proudlycanadian - Sep 27, 2013 at 7:13 AM

    A great season for Holland and the Royals even though they were just eliminated. They have a better record than some of last season’s playoff teams including the Yankees, The Orioles and the Giants.

  3. bigdinla - Sep 27, 2013 at 8:46 AM

    So who does he get traded to in the off season?

  4. 2016olympics - Sep 27, 2013 at 9:35 AM

    46 saves in 49 tries is an incredible season…and it still wasn’t enough. Good luck trying to get another 46 out if 49 next year. Certainly less likely to repeat that kind of stellar performance. Looks like the Royals missed their golden opportunity to finally make the playoffs.

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