Greg Holland is still the Royals’ closer

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In a week where some closers have either lost their job are look like they’re about to, Greg Holland has dodged a bullet so far. Dick Kaegel of MLB.com reports:

“Holland’s our closer,” Yost said … in his first three appearances, Holland was charged with four runs on four hits and four walks in two innings. In his lone save, at Chicago, he had to wiggle out of a self-inflicted two-on jam.

“He’s just been kind of a slow starter — he was last year, too,” Yost said. “Once he gets his feet underneath him, he’s lights out. We’ll adjust it out.”

There are a lot of live arms in the Royals’ pen, including Kelvin Herrera, if Holland gets any shakier.

Jose Reyes is hitless in 20 plate appearances to start the season

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Mets backup infielder Jose Reyes pinch-hit and popped up in the top of the eighth inning of Thursday night’s game in Atlanta against the Braves. That ran his streak up to 20 consecutive hitless plate appearances to start the 2018 season. He has reached base once, however, on a walk, so there’s that.

Reyes, 34, signed a one-year, $2 million contract with the Mets near the end of January. At the time, the Mets hadn’t yet signed Todd Frazier, so Reyes was in the mix to contribute as a utilityman but he has operated as a bat off the bench for the most part this season.

One wonders how much longer the Mets are going to let Reyes flounder. According to FanGraphs, he has already been worth a half-win less than a replacement-level player. Only eight other players have been as bad or worse this season.