by John Viril—Something very interesting happened in the 9th inning of yesterday’s 3-1 comeback victory over the Twins in Monday’s home opener. Royals manager Ned Yost sent Aaron Crow to get the save. By eschewing nominal closer Greg Holland and heir-apparent Kelvin Herrera, has Yost instead decided to go “closer-by-committee”?
Of course, the official answer is no. Yost told reporters Monday morning that Greg Holland was still the closer. Further, Yost said that both Holland and Herrera were “unavailable” for Monday’s game due to heavy use in Philadelphia. Using Crow to finish the game certainly makes sense under these circumstances. Even the hyper-critical blogger Rany Jazayerli tweeted that he agreed with every move Yost has made in handling the pen this first week of play.
Even so, Crow’s successful trial run on Monday (1.0 IP 0 H, 1 BB, 1 K) entered his name into the closer derby.
Holland is certain to get a chance to hold onto his job—maybe as soon as tomorrow. However, what ha...