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The Pirates will continue to go with Jason Grilli as their closer

Sep 23, 2013, 7:18 PM EDT

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Jason Grilli was eased back into things as a set-up man after returning from a forearm strain earlier this month, but Pirates manager Clint Hurdle told Tom Singer of this afternoon that they will rely on him as their closer the rest of the way.

Grilli notched his first save since July 21 on Saturday against the Reds. Hurdle initially indicated that it was a one-day change, as Mark Melancon was coming off back-to-back blown saves, but he told Singer today that he’s “going back” to the way things were “before Jason got hurt.” This means that Melancon will serve as the primary set-up man once again while Tony Watson will fall back into seventh-inning duties.

Grilli has allowed four runs on nine hits and two walks over six innings since coming off the disabled list, but he has delivered three straight scoreless appearances. The Pirates will have to hope that he is rounding into form at just the right time for the postseason.

  1. babyfarkmcgeezax - Sep 23, 2013 at 7:31 PM

    Big time mistake. The gum-chewing managerial disaster strikes again with his ineptitude.

  2. steelers88 - Sep 23, 2013 at 7:52 PM

    Grilled Cheese.

  3. pjdigler - Sep 23, 2013 at 8:09 PM

    Trolling much go watch your Astros douchbag.

  4. Stiller43 - Sep 23, 2013 at 8:16 PM

    No other option. Melancon was falling apart

  5. johnnysoda - Sep 23, 2013 at 8:17 PM

    Good idea. Melancon in the 8th and Grilli in the 9th was virtually automatic for the Pirates in the first half. When Grilli went on the DL, they started to slow down. Not a coincidence.

  6. Stiller43 - Sep 23, 2013 at 8:28 PM

    Well…the slow down could have something to do with locke being LIGHTS OUT in the first half and being just…god awful in the 2nd half.

    All the pirate starters have pretty much taken their chances of being inconsistent and making a poor start here and there, something that didnt happen in the first half (besides jonathan sanchez, who’s terrible at baseball).

  7. historiophiliac - Sep 23, 2013 at 9:06 PM


  8. apkyletexas - Sep 23, 2013 at 11:14 PM

    Grilly barely got it done – Bucs had to throw the guy out at the plate for the final out tonight.

    Back in the playoffs at long last!

    Shout out to Barry Bonds – I’m glad you left, pal. Enjoy your money. This team is the anti-Bonds – a bunch of guys that actually seem to like each other.

  9. t0mce - Sep 24, 2013 at 12:56 AM

    This was the right move to make – even IF Melancon were still pitching well. The fact is that Melancon did not blow the save against the Reds anyway, Jordy Mercer did – the same as it was Starling Marte who blew Melancon’s save against the Cardinals a few weeks ago.

    But it seems that Clint Hurdle might finally be doing the correct thing, because Melancon – who IS, by the way, the closer of the future – is still somewhat inexperienced. You need to be going with the experienced person when you still have the chance to win your division.

    • babyfarkmcgeezax - Sep 24, 2013 at 10:10 AM

      Melancon isn’t inexperienced, he has more experience closing than Grilli. Either way, both are looking very shaky and it’s hard to have confidence in them in the playoffs. Grilli lucked out last night with that play at the end, can’t keep relying on weird plays like that to save your hide.

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