Of all the snubs on the American League’s All-Star roster, Kansas City Royals closer Greg Holland (2007 Chukar) could be the largest.
The 27-year-old’s season has arguably been the best for closers in baseball. He’s converted 22 of 24 saves, owns a 1.80 ERA and leads all of baseball with an average of 15.43 strikeouts per nine innings. And in advanced metrics, he leads all Major League relievers with a 1.32 FIP, a metric that measures what a pitcher’s ERA would have been assuming a league average defense.
He’s been even better lately.
Since blowing his last save May 6, Holland has converted 15 straight saves. He’s posted a 0.78 ERA, walked four and struck out 41 in that 23-inning stretch. But Holland isn’t taking the snub too hard.
“It just didn’t happen,” he told the Kansas City Star. “There were a lot of guys who didn’t make it who were deserving too. So you’ve just got to move on.