|2014 Season (CBSSports.com)||59.00||2.00||2.00||35.00||2.44||1.05||83.00||20.00|
|Games Played By Position|
|vs Baltimore|| 3.0||0||0|| 0.00||0||0||6|
|vs LHB|| 12.1||0||0|| 2.92||0||8||10|
|vs RHB|| 21.1||0||0|| 3.80||0||6||28|
|07/31/2014||Jason Grilli, RP LAA|
Mark Melancon, RP PIT
|Jordan Zimmermann, SP WAS|
|07/30/2014||Steve Cishek, RP MIA|
Matt Holliday, LF STL
|Jason Grilli, RP LAA|
Gerardo Parra, RF ARI
Andrew Cashner, SP SD
|07/30/2014||Jose Altuve, 2B HOU|
Jason Grilli, RP LAA
Kendrys Morales, DH SEA
|Huston Street, RP LAA|
Jed Lowrie, SS OAK
Allen Craig, RF STL
|Last 10 Games|
|Jason Grilli picks up a win Wednesday |
|by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com|
(7/9/14) Angels reliever Jason Grilli managed to snag a win Wednesday against the Blue Jays.
Grilli wound up being a victim of circumstance. After tossing a scoreless inning in the seventh, Albert Pujols put the team on top in the bottom of the inning. The Angels were able to hang on, giving Grilli the win. He's now 1-1 on the year.
|Who's next in line to close? |
|by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer|
(7/8/14) The funny thing about the closer role is that while innumerable relievers are capable of filling it, only 30 can at any one time, giving those 30 disproportionate value in Fantasy. And while in shallower leagues, 30 is more than enough to go around, in standard 12-team formats, it's a shortage. As a result, anticipating the next to enter the role is well worth your while.
Among all middle relievers, I believe Jake McGee, Jeurys Familia, Sergio Romo, Joaquin Benoit, Neil Ramirez, Brad Ziegler, Jason Grilli and Rex Brothers have the best chance of stepping into the closer role by the end of the month. To read up on them and their chances, check out my latest post to the Fantasy Baseball Today blog.
|Jason Grilli takes first loss with new team Sunday |
|by R.J. White | CBSSports.com|
(6/29/14) Angels pitcher Jason Grilli was stuck with his first loss with his new team Sunday, giving up an unearned run on one hit and striking out one in his team's 5-4 defeat against the Royals.
Grilli (0-3) struck out the first batter he faced, but after hitting the next batter, he saw the lead runner reach third on a botched fielder's choice. The decisive run would come home on a single by the following batter. Grilli owns a 4.57 ERA and 23:11 K:BB ratio in 21 2/3 innings between his two teams.
|Angels swap out one shaky closer for another |
|by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer|
(6/27/14) The more manager Mike Scioscia insisted he didn't want Joe Smith confined to closing, the more apparent it became the Angels had to make a trade. So they finally did Friday, swapping out perpetual headache Ernesto Frieri for Jason Grilli.
The problem is Grilli hasn't been so reliable himself. He may have been an All-Star in the role last year and was nothing short of lights-out before hurting his forearm midseason. But since then, in 31 appearances between this year and last, he has a 4.82 ERA and 1.68 WHIP.
In fact, the Pirates recently removed him from the closer role, replacing him with Mark Melancon.
Now, maybe the Angels thought that move was premature. Maybe they believe they can resuscitate Grilli somehow. He still has good stuff, so I wouldn't put it past them. But while Frieri is obviously a non-factor in mixed leagues now, I wouldn't be so quick to drop Smith in leagues where saves are scarce.
|Angels, Pirates swap Ernesto Frieri for Jason Grilli |
|by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com|
(6/27/14) The Angels and Pirates swapped deposed closers Friday, with Ernesto Frieri heading to Pittsburgh in exchange for Jason Grilli.
Both pitchers began the season as their team's respective closers, but were replaced due to struggles. Frieri has a 6.39 ERA in 31 innings, with 11 saves in 14 chances, while Grillie has a 4.87 ERA in 20 1/3 innings, with 11 saves in 15 tries. At this point, neither pitcher's role for his new team has been defined.
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Angels have the look of a strong postseason team
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Huston Street goes to Angels in six-player trade
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|Getting a chance to close in the big leagues for the first time at age 36, Jason Grilli proved to be a natural for the Pirates, piling up 22 saves over the first two months with peripherals on par with Craig Kimbrel. It seemed too easy, and when things seem too easy in baseball, that's when reality sets in. For Grilli, it came in the form of a right forearm strain almost immediately after the All-Star break. He missed the next six weeks with the injury and didn't immediately reclaim the job from Mark Melancon when he returned in September. Ultimately, though, Grilli was the one the Pirates entrusted with ninth-inning duties in the postseason, which means he's the one they'll entrust with ninth-inning duties to begin 2014. And really, his injury shouldn't overshadow what he accomplished before then. In what was an especially dominant season for closers, he was one of the best, joining Aroldis Chapman, Greg Holland, Kimbrel and Kenley Jansen with more than 13 strikeouts per nine innings. At 37, he could potentially regress, and the forearm strain makes him something of an injury risk. But with the Pirates looking like contenders again, Grilli should be one of the first 10 relievers drafted in Fantasy.
(Updated 1/6/14) |
|Upcoming 7 Games|
|7/31/14||@ BAL||7:05 pm||Bud Norris|
|8/1/14||@ TB||7:10 pm||Jeremy Hellickson|
|8/2/14||@ TB||7:10 pm||Chris Archer|
|8/3/14||@ TB||1:40 pm||Jake Odorizzi|
|8/4/14||@ LAD||10:10 pm||Zack Greinke|
|8/5/14||@ LAD||10:10 pm||Clayton Kershaw|
|8/6/14||LAD||10:05 pm||Dan Haren|
= probable start