Grilli Representing Former Knights in Postseason Play

Jason Grilli won nine games for the Charlotte Knights in 2004. Grilli is currently a member of the Pittsburgh Pirates, who are set to play the Cincinnati Reds in the National League Wild Card game tonight (October 1) in Pittsburgh.

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Overall in 2004, Grilli finished the year with a 9-9 record and a 4.83 ERA in 25 games (all starts). His 25 starts tied Josh Stewart for the most on the team. His nine wins were tied for second-best behind Felix Diaz (10). Grilli led the club in innings pitched (152.2) and finished second in strikeouts (101).

2013 has been a breakout year for @GrillCheese49, who was able to get past a forearm injury earlier this season.  In all, he struck-out 74 batters in 50.0 innings and was a staple in the ninth inning for the Pirates. Despite missing six weeks with the injury, Grilli posted a 0-2 record with 33 saves and a 2.70 ERA in 54 games this season.

While Grilli enjoyed a solid year, so did his Pirates, who will play in the postseason for the first time in 21 years. Led by manager Clint Hurdle, the Pirates posted a 94-68 record during the regular season. Now, the Pirates will look to win the one-game Wild Card against the Reds. The one-game, winner-take-all matchup, features Pirates starter Francisco Liriano (16-8, 3.02) against Reds right-hander Johnny Cueto (5-2, 2.82).

My gut says the Pirates will win this game. Liriano has been great this year and he should be able to continue that tonight. The Reds are tough competition, but I’m sticking with the Pirates.

As for Grilli, it will be nice to root for a former Charlotte Knights player in the postseason.  I’d love to see Grilli come on in the ninth inning with the Pirates ahead by a score of 4-2, and close things out. I’m not a Pirates fan, but I’m a baseball fan and what they have done this year is good for the game of baseball. They have a beautiful ballpark and die-hard fans. 21 years is too long to wait!

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