There’s no other way to put it; Jason Grilli has been a Godsend for the Blue Jays ever since his arrival on May 31st.
Grilli helped stabilize a shaky Blue Jays’ bullpen and he’s pitched like a completely rejuvenated man in a Blue Jays uniform. Considering Grilli’s contributions thus far, it’s difficult to imagine where the Blue Jays would be without him this season.
One of the best things about watching Jason Grilli during his short time in Toronto is the raw emotion he plays with. When he comes up with a strikeout, it’s like he just recorded the final out of the World Series.
Grilli often employs his patented fist pump when he ends the inning with a strikeout. Just for fun, here are all his fist pumps thus far as a member of the Toronto Blue Jays. There are a lot of them already.
June 11th vs. Baltimore Orioles
Jason Grilli strikes out three batters in the inning, finishes the game by getting Manny Machado to chase.
June 12th vs. Baltimore Orioles
One day later, Grilli gets the call yet again; this time he picks up the save by striking out Jonathan Schoop.
June 22nd vs Arizona Diamondbacks
Jason Grilli goes after Jake Lamb and gets the swinging strikeout to end the inning.
July 2nd vs Detroit Tigers
The day after the 19 inning marathon with the Indians, Jason Grilli comes in and retires the side in the eighty and gets Naquin to strike out.
July 7th vs Detroit Tigers
It wouldn’t be a Jason Grilli inning if he didn’t rack up a K; this time he fans Justin Upton to end the eighth inning.
July 24th vs Seattle Mariners
Protecting a slim 2-0 lead against the Mariners, Jason Grill goes after Seth Smith and strikes him out swinging.
July 29th vs Baltimore Orioles
Grilli started out this inning a little rocky by giving up a solo home run to Machado, but Grilli settles in and collects a pair of K’s and strikes out Matt Wieters swinging.
August 8th vs Tampa Bay Rays
No problem once again for Jason Grilli; here he strikes out Tim Beckham to end the inning.
August 13th vs Houston Astros
Just yesterday, Jason Grilli is probably the most animated he’s been this entire season in striking out Carlos Correa.
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