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Luke Gregerson on His Slider

Luke Gregerson isn’t as slider-heavy as he was once was. The Astros reliever threw his signature pitch 41% of the time last season. Since he broke into the big leagues in 2009, his 54.4% slider rate is the highest among pitchers who’ve recorded at least 350 innings. He’s been effective. Gregerson boasts a 2.79 ERA and 2.97 FIP in 500 career appearances. He notched 31 saves...
Via Fangraphs
April 08, 2016  |  Discuss

Astros name Luke Gregerson closer ahead of Ken Giles

In a surprise move, the Houston Astros named Luke Gregerson their closer ahead of newly-acquired Ken Giles. Gregerson will at least begin the season as the team’s “primary closer.” Hinch said he let Gregerson know he's the "primary closer." — Brian McTaggart (@brianmctaggart) April 4, 2016 Giles struggled during spring training, so that may have been a factor in the decision...
Via Larry Brown Sports
April 04, 2016  |  Discuss

Gregerson picked over Giles, retains role as Astros closer

NEW YORK (AP) Luke Gregerson remains the Houston Astros closer, beating out newcomer Kevin Giles. Astros manager A.J. Hinch made the announcement Monday after Houston's scheduled opener against the Yankees in New York was rained out. Gregerson is a 31-year-old right-hander who went 7-3 with a 3.10 ERA. He converted 31 of 36 save chances last season in this first year in Houston...
Via Associated Press
April 04, 2016  |  Discuss

Luke Gregerson thinks he should keep closer job ahead of Ken Giles

The Houston Astros brought in established closer Ken Giles this offseason, and conventional wisdom states that he’ll be taking over the role. The team’s closer last year, Luke Gregerson, thinks that it’s his job to lose. “How do you think I did last year?” Gregerson said to reporters on Thursday, via Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle. “I don’t see any reasons...
Via Larry Brown Sports
February 18, 2016  |  Discuss

The secret to Gregerson's 2015 success? Staying 'in sync' on the mound

A key aspect of the Houston Astros' bullpen overhaul prior to this season was entrusting free agent signee Luke Gregerson as their closer - despite his lack of experience serving that particular role.Gregerson has been a solid setup pitcher for years with the San Diego Padres and last season with the Oakland Athletics, but before 2015 he hadn't had extensive work as a ninth inning...
Via Fox Sports
June 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Astros reportedly ink Luke Gregerson to three-year deal

The Houston Astros wanted a top reliever, a sentiment we questioned yesterday. Today, they got him, inking former Oakland Athletic Luke Gregerson to a three-year, $18.5 million deal. Luke Gregerson reaches 3 year, $18.5 million deal with Houston #Astros; becoming 3rd richest reliever in #MLB this winter. — Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) December 10, 2014   The A’s acquired...
Via The Outside Corner
December 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Astros Add Luke Gregerson, Possible Trade Chip

The Astros have made it clear that they intend to upgrade their bullpen this winter, chasing Andrew Miller and David Robertson with significant four year offers before watching both sign with other teams. So this morning, they turned to Plan C, reportedly signing Luke Gregerson to a three year, $18.5 million contract, according to Bob […]
Via Fangraphs
December 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Who should be the closer for the Oakland A’s?

Now that Jim Johnson is no longer the closer for the Oakland A’s, manager Bob Melvin is going to use a slew of relievers to close each game depending on the matchup. This will include Dan Otero, Luke Gregerson, Ryan Cook and Sean Doolittle. These relievers are all reliable and consistent – something Johnson was not. But who should be the permanent closer for the Oakland A’s...
April 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Gregerson glad for opportunity to join winning A's

For each of his first five major league seasons, Luke Gregerson came to spring training smack dab in the middle of suburbia, surrounded by shopping malls and restaurants. With the exception of one season (2010), the results during the regular season were the same every year for the right-handed reliever and the San Diego Padres - well below .500. Then, on Dec. 5, Gregerson faced...
Via Associated Press
February 18, 2014  |  Discuss

A's acquire righty Gregerson from Pads for Smith

Keeping active in the trade market, the Oakland Athletics have acquired right-handed reliever Luke Gregerson from the San Diego Padres for outfielder Seth Smith. It marked the second swap of the day for the two-time defending AL West champion A's and third in two days. Gregerson will join a bullpen with new closer Jim Johnson, acquired from Baltimore on Monday night. Dealing Smith...
Via Associated Press
December 03, 2013  |  Discuss

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