Grilli stuck out one in a clean eighth inning Sunday to notch his sixth hold as the team's setup man. Grilli also earned a pair of holds with Atlanta earlier this season before being acquired by Toronto, giving him eight total on the year. The move north of the border has suited the veteran right-hander well. He's already earned three wins in 18 appearances, after only tallying three-plus wins in one of his previous 13 MLB seasons. The 39-year-old has cemented himself into one of the more useful eight-inning jobs in MLB, and owns a 2.16 ERA and 1.02 WHIP in 16.2 innings as a Jay, both of which are career bests.
Since being traded from Atlanta to Toronto on May 31, Grilli has posted a 2.63 ERA, 1.17 WHIP with a 23:6 K:BB through 13.2 innings (15 appearances). The veteran came on-board and immediately took the role that Drew Storen was unable to fill. He's yet to blow a save as the team's eighth-inning man, earning four holds while adding two wins and one save to his resume with the Jays. He's been flat out dominant for the most part, and Grilli is next in line to assume the closer role should Roberto Osuna struggle at any point during the second half.
Grilli walked a batter and struck out one in the eighth inning of Thursday's game versus Detroit. After a rough patch in the second half of June, Grilli appears to be back on track. He's now made four consecutive scoreless appearances (four innings) while allowing just one hit and striking out eight during that stretch.
Grilli struck out two in a clean eighth inning to notch the victory in Saturday's game against the Indians. Grilli entered with the game tied at six, breezed through his inning by throwing 11 of 13 pitches for strikes, then sat back and watched the Jays' offense score three in the bottom of the inning to give the veteran his first victory as a member of the team. Since being acquired from the Braves at the end of May, Grilli has be flawless, earning four holds, one save and now a win while posting a 2.31 ERA and 21:5 K:BB.
The Jays are planning to manage closer Roberto Osuna's innings moving forward, and as a result, Grilli is likely to pick up more save chances, Sportsnet reports. The club believes Osuna was overworked in late May and early June, and want to closely monitor his situation moving forward. Recently, Osuna was given a much-needed week of rest, and Grilli was the one called on when the only save opportunity of the week arrived.