Neil Huntington's decision to trade Joel Hanrahan
to Boston and make Jason Grilli
the Bucs closer has been quite tremendous. Grilli has gone beyond all expectations to post 26 saves in 37 games. In those 37 games, he has pitched 34.2ip, with a 1.82 era, an impressive 58 K's and has only allowed 30 base runners.
He is human after all posting his first blown save of the season last week at Cincinnati giving up his first homer of the season to the hot Jay Bruce
. In the month of June, Grilli has let on 13 of those 30 base runners and given up 4 of the 7 earned runs in 2 of the past 3 outings.
Grilli is not a young phenom, he was a #1 pick back in 1997 and is 37 years old. He is not a young kid anymore and has had numerous arm injuries through his career.
With the Bucs current week with Monday an off day and two games in Seattle and another off day on Thursday, I am suggesting that Clint Hurdle should just give Grilli a 4 day break and relax and take some time to rest possibly a tired arm. I think the bullpen overall is possibly getting tired as the dog days of summer are starting. They have been used quite a bit and not had much change in the depths all season. Compared to the Bucs starting rotation, where they have had numerous injuries and fill-ins with Cole & Cumpton coming up as well as Charlie Morton
back in the rotation. There does not seem like much rest for the pen arms on a given day or weekly period. Maybe this would be a good chance for Hurdle to rest Grilli and give his aging closer an extra couple of days off.
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