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Jason Grilli | Relief Pitcher

Team: Pittsburgh Pirates
Age / DOB:  (37) / 11/11/1976
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 233
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Seton Hall
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Jason Grilli suffered his third blown save against the Brewers, allowing a solo home run in the ninth inning Sunday.
Called on to protect a one-run lead, Grilli recorded a quick out before Ryan Braun deposited a pitch into the left field bleachers. It was Grilli's third blown save in eight appearances this season after blowing just two opportunities all of last year. The job as the Pirates' stopper likely still belongs to Grilli, but it can't be too safe given his early failures. Apr 20 - 6:26 PM

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Jason Grilli blew his second save of the season Saturday as the Pirates fell to the Brewers.

Grilli entered the game to protect a one-run lead and struck out Carlos Gomez to lead off the top of the ninth inning. But Jean Segura singled and then Ryan Braun slugged a two-run homer that put the Brewers ahead for good. Grill is just 4-for-6 in save opportunities this season, though his job seems pretty safe for now.
Apr 19 - 10:27 PM

Jason Grilli struck out a pair in a scoreless inning to convert his fourth save of the season Tuesday as the Pirates finished off the Reds 8-7 in the completion of Monday's suspended game.

The two sides combined for 14 runs Monday before play was suspended, but a Russell Martin RBI single in the seventh inning was the lone run after played picked back up. Grilli got Roger Bernadina swinging to start off the ninth and got Billy Hamilton swinging to end it sandwiched around a Chris Heisey pop-up. He holds a 1.50 ERA and has nailed down four of five save chances to open the season.
Apr 15 - 6:48 PM

Jason Grilli earned his second save in as many chances Tuesday, pitching a scoreless ninth to close out a win over the Cubs.

Grilli suffered a blown save against the Cubs on April 2, but he's since thrown two scoreless innings in notching his first two saves of the season. On Tuesday, Grilli fanned one while not allowing a baserunner. His early hiccup seems to have been just that.
Apr 8 - 11:57 PM

Jason Grilli collected his first save of 2014 in the Pirates' win over the Cardinals on Sunday.

Grilli issued a leadoff walk to Jon Jay but then induced a doubleplay groundball from Matt Holliday and a game-ending grounder from Matt Adams. Grilli blew a save opportunity in his previous outing, so it was good to see him get back on track in this one. He should be a valuable fantasy closer all season.
Apr 6 - 4:18 PM

Jason Grilli gave up a run on three hits to take a blown save in the ninth against the Cubs on Wednesday.

Mark Melancon also gave up a run in the eighth, so this one was a team effort. Even if Melancon proves better than Grilli this season, the Pirates won't be motivated to make a switch unless they have to.
Apr 3 - 1:31 AM

Jason Grilli (elbow) is scheduled to make his Grapefruit League debut on Thursday against the Blue Jays.

The 37-year-old hurler has blossomed into one of the game's finest late-inning relievers in the past three seasons in Pittsburgh, compiling a 2.74 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 201/50 K/BB ratio over 141 1/3 innings. As long as he's healthy, he should be able to post similar numbers in 2014, but those calling his name on draft day would be wise to handcuff him with Mark Melancon to protect against injury.
Mar 2 - 4:54 PM

Jason Grilli (elbow) is scheduled to throw a two-inning simulated game on Sunday.

After dealing with elbow injuries late in the 2013 season, the Pirates closer is being brought along cautiously this spring. He isn't far behind the rest of the hurlers in camp though and could see actual game action in the coming week.
Mar 1 - 9:09 AM

Jason Grilli slammed the door on the Cardinals in Game 3 of the NLDS on Sunday, protecting a two-run advantage and giving the Pirates a 2-1 series lead.

The 36-year-old right-hander made it interesting by allowing a leadoff single to Matt Adams, but retired Jon Jay, Pete Kozma and Daniel Descalso in order afterwards to end the ballgame. The Pirates will now have an opportunity to close out the series at home on Monday.
Sun, Oct 6, 2013 07:48:00 PM

Aided by an outfield assist, Jason Grilli got the final two outs Monday against the Cubs for his 32nd save.

Manager Clint Hurdle said he was going back to the old way of doing things, but he had Tony Watson in there to retire Anthony Rizzo to begin the ninth. Grilli then came in to walk Dioner Navarro, retire the next batter on a fielder's choice and give up a shot to right-center that led to Nate Schierholtz being thrown out at home, ending the game. It doesn't really inspire much confidence in Grilli, but the job is probably his for good.
Mon, Sep 23, 2013 11:15:00 PM

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle confirmed Monday that Jason Grilli will continue to serve as closer.

"We're going back to way was for three and a half months, before Jason got hurt," said Hurdle. This means that Tony Watson will primarily pitch in the eighth inning while Mark Melancon will return to his set-up role.
Mon, Sep 23, 2013 05:32:00 PM

Jason Grilli worked a scoreless ninth inning for his 31st save of the season, and first since July 21, against the Reds on Saturday.

Grilli was moved back into the role after Mark Melancon fell on hard times recently and, just like riding a bike, he made the transition back to closing seamlessly. Grilli gave up a leadoff single to Ryan Ludwick but got Jay Bruce to ground into a double play and got Zack Cozart to ground out to end it. Unless he struggles, the right-hander will likely continue to get the team's save opportunities over the final week of the season, so snatch him up in any leagues where he might have been cast off during his middle relief days.
Sat, Sep 21, 2013 10:17:00 PM

Jason Grilli will serve as the Pirates' closer Saturday.

Mark Melancon blew his second straight save opportunity on Friday night against the Reds, so the Pirates are opening the competition. Grilli is a nice grab for standard fantasy-leaguers seeking some last-minute saves.
Sat, Sep 21, 2013 04:13:00 PM

With the score tied at 2-2 in the eighth inning on Sunday, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle turned to Kyle Farnsworth instead of Jason Grilli to keep his team in the ballgame.

Rather than clearly defining the roles in his bullpen, Hurdle asked the media earlier in the week to watch the games to understand how his pitchers would be use. If Sunday is any indication, Kyle Farnsworth may have assumed the role as primary setup man in front of closer Mark Melancon. Until Grilli straightens himself out, he holds no fantasy value whatsoever.
Sun, Sep 15, 2013 04:35:00 PM

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle indicated Saturday that he would still like Jason Grilli to regain the closer's role at the end of his bullpen.

Unfortunately, Grilli is quickly running out of time to make that come to fruition. With Mark Melancon pitching well and Grilli posting a 12.00 ERA and 2.67 WHIP over three innings since returning, it's unlikely that the Pirates make a switch any time soon.
Sat, Sep 14, 2013 04:29:00 PM