Kentucky coach Gary Henderson is hoping Jerad Grundy’s recent past – his very recent past – is more important than his past at Ole Miss.
Mid-season struggles from Grundy against the SEC prompted Henderson to drop Grundy from the weekend rotation into a non-conference role.
He’s started and done well in two non-conference games.
“Grundy is a great kid, and a very good competitor. He hit a rough four-game stretch in the middle of the season. We took him off the Saturday game and put him on the Tuesday game. He was able to relax and get back to his old self that he’d been for a year and a half, and that’s throwing strikes at the knees, commanding his two secondary pitches and getting ahead in the count. He’s pitched much, much better his last two times out than he had his previous four. He’s doing the basics, throwing strikes, getting ahead in the count and commanding his pitches.”
Ole Miss went 9-14 against left-handed starters but hit Grundy hard in an 11-5 Rebels win in Oxford and has had very good success in his two starts against them.
Grundy is 0-2 with a 13.06 ERA in those two starts.