CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Lefthander Mario Hollands has been among the surprises in spring training and the 25-year-old non-roster invitee may not be a favorite but is still in consideration to earn spot on the opening day 25-man roster.
Hollands had a 1.86 ERA in his first six spring outings, covering 9 2/3 innings. The season opens on Monday in Texas and Hollands insists he remains focused only on improving each outing and not whether he will be on the Phillies roster.
“I really don’t think about it much,” he said on Monday morning before the Phillies took the field for a workout. “It would only make me stress out or lose concentration if I did.”
Holland was a combined 7-3 with a 2.86 ERA in 27 appearances, including 20 starts for Clearwater and Reading last year.