Grimm struck out the side in his final appearance of the first half Saturday, and went into the All-Star break on a streak of five consecutive scoreless appearances. The follow-up to Grimm's stellar 2015 has been disappointing, as he has a 5.34 ERA and 1.45 WHIP in 40 appearances, but Saturday marked his first game with three strikeouts since Apr. 28, so perhaps he's ready to right the ship.
Grimm struck out two in a scoreless ninth inning against Arizona on Friday. Grimm has made 23 appearances this season, but only one was for more than one inning. He has a 23:6 K:BB and 3.54 ERA in 20.1 innings in 2016.
Grimm may get an opportunity to save Sunday's game with Hector Rondon having pitched in each of the last days. Pedro Strop pitched Saturday as well, but he might get the shot before Grimm, though with Jake Arrieta starting, it's possible the Cubs won't need any relievers at all. That said, Grimm, Strop, and Rondon have formed a formidable bullpen. Grimm's 13:0 K:BB in fits right in - the three combine for a 50:4 K:BB in 34 innings.
Grimm earned his first hold of the season Friday with a scoreless seventh inning against Arizona. He struck out two. While Neil Ramirez, Clayton Richard and Adam Warren haven't pitched yet, Grimm has gotten into two games already and seems to have a key role in the pen right now. He'll likely pitch a lot of seventh innings this year.
Grimm struck out the side in his one inning Thursday against the Mets. Grimm has struggled this spring - six walks and six hits allowed have contributed to a 8.22 ERA, but he's getting the strikeouts, with seven in his last three appearances and 10 overall in 7.2 innings. He'll be a significant contributor to the Cubs' bullpen this season.