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Jason Grilli Has Been a Huge Asset to the Bullpen

Jason Grilli Has Been a Huge Asset to the Bullpen

Grilli has been the eighth inning guy for the Bucs this season.

PITTSBURGH, Pa. -- Back from the bereavement list on Wednesday, Jason Grilli showed no signs of rust after making his first  appearance in relief in three days. Grilli struck out the New York Mets' heart of the lineup -- Kirk Nieuwenhuis, David Wright and Lucas Duda -- swinging in the eighth inning. The righty reliever lowered his season ERA to just 2.12 over his 18 appearances.

Grilli has been a huge asset to the bullpen, shutting down the late innings for the club since Pittsburgh signed him as a free agent on July 21, 2011. But this year, Grilli has been throwing the ball even better. The 35-year-old has 30 strikeouts over 17 innings in relief while walking just nine. Grilli has recorded at least one strikeout in each of his outings.

"I’m not thinking about it," Grilli said of racking up punchouts this season. "I guess you guys pay attention to more attention to that stuff than me. I tend not to pay attention a...

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