The St. Louis Cardinals have called up Greg Holland to the big club from High-A Palm Beach. Guess they think this kid has what it takes to jump a couple of levels. Risky!
Oh, wait, that’s not right. Holland saved 41 games for the Rockies last year, which tied him for the league lead in that category. He was just tuning up down south because he didn’t sign with the Cards until the season started.
Bud Norris has the Cards’ only save so far this year. The other three Cardinals wins did not present save situations. Presumably, any that come up starting now will belong to Holland.
Back in May, Yankees starter CC Sabathia said he’d retire if the Yankees won the World Series. That still may be the plan, but he recently told MLB.com that he’s going to try to pitch in 2019, health willing:
“I’m start to start. I go out one start and feel like I can pitch five more years. I go out another start and I’m done. But if I can stay healthy — if my knee holds up — hopefully I’ll play one more.”
Sabathia is enjoying a nice late-career renaissance, having transformed himself from the dominant lefty he used to be to a crafty one over the past several seasons. Sabathia will turn 38 on Saturday, but he’s having another solid season. He has a 3.51 ERA and 1.27 WHIP over 18 starts.
Will a World Series decide whether he hangs ’em up? Will his knee? Guess we’ll know by November.