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With resurgent Holland, Rockies winning closer lottery

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It's mid-May, and the Colorado Rockies are still in first place.
    
One big reason for that unexpected development is the performance of their resurgent closer.
    
The Rockies signed Greg Holland last offseason to a contract laden with performance bonuses , hoping the right-hander could regain his status as one of the game's top relievers after missing the entire 2016 season because of Tommy John surgery. The move has paid off so far. Holland leads the major leagues with 16 saves - nobody else has more than 11 - and has a 1.06 ERA. The 31-year-old is the first Rockies pitcher ever to start a season with 16 straight successful save opportunities.
    
Colorado (24-15) leads the Los Angeles Dodgers by 1 ½ games in the NL West. The Rockies have outscored their opponents by only seven runs on the season, and they're 9-0 in one-run games. Some good luck, to be sure, but also a reflection of how important Holland has been.

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