D-backs closer Greg Holland earns 200th career save in win over Dodgers

Jun 24, 2019, 10:01 PM | Updated: 10:25 pm
Greg Holland #56 and Caleb Joseph #14 of the Arizona Diamondbacks celebrate a 3-2 win against the N...
Greg Holland #56 and Caleb Joseph #14 of the Arizona Diamondbacks celebrate a 3-2 win against the New York Yankees at Chase Field on May 01, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)
(Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

Arizona Diamondbacks closer Greg Holland earned his 200th career save Monday in an 8-5 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

He becomes the 51st member of the 200-saves club and is one of only six active closers to reach the milestone.

Holland, 33, joins former D-backs closer Gregg Olson as the only two pitchers to achieve the feat in a Diamondbacks uniform. Olson pitched for Arizona from 1998-99.

The right-handed Holland now has 11 saves in 13 tries for Arizona this season, his most since 2017 in which he led the National League in saves (41) for the Colorado Rockies.

He was sensational early in his career with the Kansas City Royals, amassing 93 total saves in 2013-14 and winning the AL Relief Pitcher of the Year Award in 2014. Holland had 32 saves in 2015 before an injury that required Tommy John surgery ended that season and cost him the entire 2016 campaign.

Arizona signed Holland this past offseason to a one-year, $3.5 million deal, with an additional $3.5 million in incentive bonuses following the departure of last year’s closer, Brad Boxberger, who had 32 saves in 40 tries (80%) in 2018.

Holland now has 200 saves in 225 opportunities in his career, for a save percentage of 89%

Not bad considering the two best closers in MLB history, Mariano Rivera (652 of 732) and Trevor Hoffman (601 of 677) also have the same save percentage.


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