Originally written on The Viril View: On the KC Royals  |  Last updated 10/29/14
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by John Viril—Coming into the season, the Royals bullpen looked rock solid. However, Royals manager Ned Yost turned to Kelvin Herrera bail out struggling closer Greg Holland to finish Sunday’s 9-8 win in Philadelphia. After also blowing a 3-1 9th inning lead on Saturday and a unsteady finish in Thursday’s victory against Chicago, Holland’s status has suddenly come into question. Holland has an ugly 18.00 ERA in three 2013 appearances. After Yost decided to prevent Holland from blowing a second straight save on Sunday, the Royals manager has to be thinking about replacing his closer—at least temporarily. Herrera is generally considered to have closer “stuff” with the hardest average fastball in MLB according to pitch f/x, and an outstanding change. Chicago Cubs manager Dale Sveum just replaced closer Carlos Marmol in very similar circumstances. On the season, Marmol has performed exactly like Holland, 1 blown save leading to a loss, 1 9th-inning bail out by another reliever to preser...
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