DENVER - It used to be the Rockies weakness. Now it's suddenly their strength.
Suddenly Colorado can close out games. The bullpen isn't blowing it anymore. All of the Rockies relievers have been good, but Greg Holland has been the best. A perfect 14 for 14 in save opportunities for Colorado's closer.
"I think you have to be confident in this game," said Holland. "You're not always going to get it done but you have to feel like you're going to."
Holland isn't really comfortable talking about how great he's been doing, but his teammates have no problem talking about him.
"You could make the argument that he's definitely been the best pickup we've had," said Nolan Arenado about the new closer. "He never gives in, he never gets cocky out there and you really appreciate it."
Holland has been best among the best before. In Kansas City, 2013, he converted 47 of 50 save opportunities. In 2014 he was even better with only two blown saves in 48 attempts.
A shoulder injury cost him part of the 2015 and all of the 2016 season, and he admits he had doubt coming into this year coming off Tommy John Surgery.
"There's obviously a little bit of doubt that creeps in because I've never had a surgery pertaining to my ability to play baseball," said Holland.
No reason to worry at all as it turns out. Holland has been perfect and the Rockies have been close to perfect as well holding a 22-13 record so far this season. They currently own the second best record in the National League.
Colorado is off to their best start ever. There's obviously a long way to go, but it's a lot easier to hold a lead than to play catch up... especially when you have Greg Holland on the mound.
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