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39 Jason Grilli RP
Height/Weight: 6-4/233 | Birthdate: 11/11/1976 | Birthplace: Royal Oak, MI | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Los Angeles | College: Seton Hall | MLB Experience: 12 | Salary: $2,500,000 | Owned/Started%: 21/11 | Average Draft Position: 158.29
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Jason Grilli picks up first save with new club


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/21/2014) Angels pitcher Jason Grilli picked up his first save since joining the club Thursday.

Grilli entered with a two-run lead, and slammed the door shut. He struck out the first batter he faced, and induced a flyout and a groundout to end the game. Huston Street was unavailable after pitching the past two days. It was Grilli's 12th save of the season, and first since becoming a member of the Angels. 


Jason Grilli picks up a win Wednesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/9/2014) 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
(7/8/2014) 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
(6/29/2014) 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
(6/27/2014) 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
(6/27/2014) 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. 


Jason Grilli out as Pittsburgh closer


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/20/2014) Recent struggles have ended the run as closer for Pirates right-hander Jason Grilli. It appears likely that Mark Melancon will take over that role with Tony Watson possibly receiving a few chances.

Clint Hurdle indicated that Grilli is being cast aside in that role only temporarily, per the Pittsburgh Tribune Review. He is 11 for 15 in save opportunities, but has given up four runs and three walks in his last three innings pitched covering four appearances. His ERA has skyrocketed from 2.84 to 4.31 during that period.


Jason Grilli blows save No. 4; change could come to closer's role


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/19/2014) Pirates closer Jason Grilli's struggled continued, as he blew his fourth save of the season Thursday against the Reds.

Though they would go on to win 4-3 in extra-innings, Grilli made it unnecessarily difficult by allowing a solo home run to Devin Mesoraco to tie the game in the ninth. He allowed two hits overall in the innings, while retiring the side on 17 pitches after blowing the save.

Grilli has not been sharp recently, allowing four runs in his last 2 2/3 innings of work. He has not struck out a batter since June 3, a span of six appearances over more than two weeks. After the blown save, his fourth in 15 tries, manager Clint Hurdle told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review the organization will review the closer role moving forward.  


Jason Grilli takes loss Tuesday vs. Reds


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/17/2014) Pitching in a nonsave situation, Pirates closer Jason Grilli took a loss Tuesday after giving up one earned run on two hits in one inning of action in his team's 6-5 defeat against the Reds.

Grilli (0-2) was brought in to pitch the top of the ninth with the score tied 5-5, but he surrendered a critical solo home run to Todd Frazier. It was the third home run Grilli has allowed this season. He owns a 4.08 ERA and 17:10 K:BB ratio in 17 2/3 innings.


Jason Grilli earns one-out save Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/14/2014) Pirates closer Jason Grilli picked up his 11th save Saturday after giving up one hit and recorded one out in his team's 8-6 win over the Marlins.

The Pirates entered the ninth inning Saturday with an 8-2 lead but needed Grilli to snuff out a four-run rally and deliver the team a win. He owns a 3.78 ERA and 17:10 K:BB ratio in 16 2/3 innings.


Jason Grilli notches 10th save Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/11/2014) Pirates closer Jason Grilli locked up his 10th save Wednesday, tossing a 1-2-3 ninth inning to finish off his team's 4-2 win over the Cubs.

Grilli has given up just one earned run in eight innings since returning from the disabled list in late May. He owns a 2.81 ERA and 17:7 K:BB ratio in 16 innings.


Jason Grilli works perfect ninth for save No. 9


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/4/2014) Pirates closer Jason Grilli has been busy since returning to that role, as he saved his fifth game in less than two weeks in a 4-1 win over the Padres Tuesday.

Grilli worked a perfect ninth inning, needing just 10 pitches to close out the game. He struck out two batters and induced and easy groundball out for the win.

Grilli is 5 for 5 on saves since coming back from the disabled list, and 9 for 12 overall, with a 3.21 ERA in 14 innings of work. 


Jason Grilli escapes shaky outing with save No. 8


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/2/2014) Pirates closer Jason Grilli endured a shaky outing but managed to come away with the save Sunday night against the Dodgers in Los Angeles. 

Grilli surrendered a run-scoring single to Scott Van Slyke with two outs in the ninth. He forced Dee Gordon to line out to shortstop for the final out of the game. He permitted one run on one hit and two walks while striking out two in one inning of work. He is 8 of 11 in save chances with a 3.46 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP in 13 innings.


Jason Grilli unavailable Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/31/2014) Pirates closer Jason Grilli is unavailable to close Saturday after pitching in his team's last two games, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Since returning from the disabled list, Grilli has recorded three saves in four scoreless outings while striking out six and walking one.


Jason Grilli records second straight save


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/31/2014) Pirates closer Jason Grilli has been thrown right into the fire since getting his job back, as he worked for the second night in a row in a 2-1 win over the Dodgers.

Grilli tossed a perfect inning to record the save, using 14 pitches to do so. He struck out one batter en route to his seventh save in 10 chances.  


Jason Grilli gets save in return to ninth-inning work


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/30/2014) Pirates reliever Jason Grilli got his first save chance the same day he was moved back into the closer's role, in a 6-3 win over the Dodgers.

Grilli faced four batters in the ninth, allowing one hit while throwing 15 pitches. He struck out one batter and finished the inning without allowing a run, to pick up his first save since mid-April.

Grilli is now 6 for 9 on save chances this season, with a 3.27 ERA and 12 strikeouts in 11 innings of work.  


Jason Grilli back as closer beginning Thursday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/29/2014) Pirates closer Jason Grilli's return to the closer's role has seemed inevitable in recent days, and it became a reality Thursday.

Manager Clint Hurdle told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Grilli will be back in the role beginning with Thursday's game against the Dodgers. He has tossed consecutive scoreless innings since coming back from the disabled list, and was 5 for 8 on save opportunities prior to the injury. 


Jason Grilli not 'far away' from returning to closer's role


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/27/2014) Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said Tuesday he's getting close to putting Jason Grilli back into the closer's role. Grilli has made just one appearance since missing a month with an oblique injury, picking up a save Friday against the Nationals.

"He’s not going to be far away (from closing), but I would like to get him out there another time before proclaiming roles," Hurdle said, per the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.


Jason Grilli gets first post-injury save


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/24/2014) Pirates closer Jason Grilli picked up his first save since returning from the disabled list Friday, in a 4-3 win over the Nationals.

Grilli walked one batter and needed 22 pitches, but ultimately got the job done. He got a little help for the third out, as right fielder Josh Harrison made a leaping grab at the wall to prevent extra bases, possibly saving the game. Grilli also struck out one of four batters faced in the save.

Grilli is now five for eight on save chances thios season, though two of his saves came in his last two appearances before hitting the DL. 


Jason Grilli owners should hold on to Mark Melancon


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/23/2014) After missing one month with an oblique injury, Jason Grilli returned to the Pirates bullpen Friday ready to take back the closer role he had entrusted to Mark Melancon.

The problem is Melancon was so effective in the role that Grilli may not have as long of a leash going forward.

It won't be an issue if Grilli gets back to pitching like he did in the first half last year, recording 29 saves with a 1.99 ERA, 0.86 WHIP and 13.9 strikeouts per nine innings. But since straining his right flexor tendon almost immediately after the All-Star break, he hasn't been the same, recording seven saves with a 4.60 ERA, 1.60 WHIP and 8.6 strikeouts per nine innings in 17 appearances.

Maybe he just hasn't had a chance to get comfortable between the two injuries and will get back to dominating after a few uninterrupted weeks. But if he continues to flounder, you couldn't blame the Pirates for going back to what seems like a sure thing in Melancon.

Sure, you'd like to free up a roster spot by dropping Melancon, but given how valuable he would be as a closer, let's wait for Grilli to get his legs under him first.


Jason Grilli back with Pirates


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/23/2014) Pirates closer Jason Grilli has been activated from the disabled list after spending one month sidelined with an oblique injury. He is expected to assume the same role soon, but not immediately.

Grilli is coming off a 2013 season in which he saved 33 games in 35 opportunities.


Jason Grilli could return Saturday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/21/2014) Pirates reliever Jason Grilli tossed another 20-pitch simulated game Wednesday, and is now on the verge of returning from an oblique injury.

"I would venture a guess that Saturday would be a real strong likely case that I would be out there on the mound," Grilli told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Grilli does not think he needs a minor-league rehab assignment, especially after facing major-league hitters two days in a row. He expects to come off the disabled list Saturday against the Nationals. 


Jason Grilli hoping to be activated Saturday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5/21/2014) Pirates reliever Jason Grilli is hoping to be activated Saturday, according to MLB.com.

Grilli has been able to get through simulated games, and has been getting closer to coming off the disabled list. He's been dealing with an oblique injury. Grilli posted a 4.50 ERA over eight innings prior to the injury.


Jason Grilli ready for another simulated game Wednesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5/21/2014) Pirates reliever Jason Grilli will toss another simulated game Wednesday, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Grilli threw Tuesday, so this will be the second consecutive day he'll get in work. That's typically the final step in the rehab process before a reliever is activated. Grilli has not felt any pain or discomfort throwing thus far. He's attempting to return from an oblique injury.


Jason Grilli, Russell Martin continuing recovery


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/20/2014) The Pirates had a major-league tandem working together Tuesday, as Russell Martin (hamstring) caught Jason Grilli (oblique) in a simulated game Tuesday.

Grilli tossed 20 pitches in one simulated inning, and will likely throw another Wednesday before possibly returning from the disabled list, as he told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The plan for Martin is somewhat murkier, as he met with front office, coaches and training staff to determine his next step after he catches Grilli again Wednesday.