The Colorado Rockies are enjoying a fun season, and closer Greg Holland has been far more reliable than not this season. With 34 saves under his belt in 44 appearances, Holland has given the Rockies confidence he can close the door on an opponent when called upon. Unfortunately, this week has not been kind for Holland.
Holland served up a 3-run home run to Yan Gomes in the ninth inning on Tuesday night, shortly after blowing a 1-0 lead. It was the second blown save opportunity for Holland, including a Sunday afternoon blowup against the Philadelphia Phillies in Colorado.
Greg Holland blew one save in his first 35 opportunities. He's now blown two straight.
— Purple Dinosaur Pod. (@purpledinocast) August 9, 2017
It has become common knowledge that closers in baseball are a different breed. From Mitch Williams to Jonathan Papelbon to Brian Wilson, closers are just different characters all together. Holland may not be as erratic as some of those names, but after two blown saves he is apparently open to try anything and everything to break out of this rut as quickly as possible before it harms Colorado’s playoff chances any further.
So what else is a closer to do than cut his hair?
Greg Holland has shaved his head and beard and possibly his eyebrows. Although early indications are he stopped short of the brow.
— Nick Groke (@nickgroke) August 9, 2017
We’ll see if this gives Holland the breath of fresh air he needs to get back in a groove.
While Holland may be looking for ways to change his luck, there are plenty of Rockies fans unwilling to hit any panic buttons just because of a couple of bad outings.
It sucks they lost tonight, but let's stop chastising Greg Holland over 2 games. The #Rockies wouldn't be where they are without him.
— Ryan Freemyer (@RFreemyer) August 9, 2017
#RockiesTwitter needs to hit up Antarctica and chillllllll ❄️?❄️ Greg Holland is still an amazing pitcher and the Rox are still a great team
— hunt for Rocktober⚾️ (@ashbash_3) August 9, 2017