LUKE GREGERSON NEWS

Finding the Next Bargain Relievers

Scan the leaderboard for the best relievers this past season, and sure, there are plenty of homegrown young studs with triple digit fastballs. For clubs in the market for bullpen assistance, however, they’ll take a decent prospect or two to pry loose from their current teams. But there are also players like Darren O’Day, Hector Rondon, and Luke Gregerson — guys who, in the...
Via Fangraphs
November 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Astros ‘hell-bent to get a closer’ this offseason

Holding a 2-1 series lead and up 6-2 on the Kansas City Royals in the eighth inning of a closeout Game 4 of the 2015 ALDS, the Houston Astros needed just six outs to advance to the ALCS. Instead, they watched their bullpen quartet of Will Harris, Tony Sipp, Luke Gregerson, and Josh Fields totally implode, allowing seven runs on six hits and three walks in the final two frames as...
Via Larry Brown Sports
November 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Astros fine pinning Game 2 hopes on Kazmir, despite his struggles

The Houston Astros walked in to Kauffman Stadium on Thursday evening and took Game 1 of the ALDS from the favored Kansas City Royals thanks to the arm of Collin McHugh (6 innings, four hits, two earned runs) and shutdown relief work from Tony Sipp, Will Harris, Oliver Perez and Luke Gregerson. Offensively, they were the beneficiaries of home runs by Colby Lewis and George Springer...
Via Fox Sports
October 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Royals drop ALDS opener to Astros 5-2

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Houston Astros beat the Kansas City Royals at their own game Thursday night, relying on sharp pitching from Collin McHugh and stingy defense behind him for a 5-2 victory in the opener of their AL Division Series. McHugh (1-0) allowed four hits, including a pair of solo homers by Kendrys Morales, while pitching around a 49-minute rain delay. The right-hander...
Via AP on Fox
October 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Royals drop ALDS opener to Astros 5-2

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Houston Astros beat the Kansas City Royals at their own game Thursday night, relying on sharp pitching from Collin McHugh and stingy defense behind him for a 5-2 victory in the opener of their AL Division Series. McHugh (1-0) allowed four hits, including a pair of solo homers by Kendrys Morales, while pitching around a 49-minute rain delay. The right-hander...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
October 08, 2015  |  Discuss

85-year-old Yankees fan takes parting shot at A-Rod in obituary

Alex Rodriguez's comeback season ended with boos at Yankee Stadium after he struck out against the Astros Luke Gregerson in Tuesday night's AL Wild Card Game.And if that was a slightly louder boo you heard from above, you might be right. A-Rod did almost everything right to gain back the trust and affection of Yankees fans after his steroid suspension in 2014, but one Yankee fan...
Via The Other Paper
October 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Photos: Correa outfits Astros teammates in 'Showrrea' t-shirts

Houston Astros rookie Carlos Correa is known as 'Showrrea' among some of his teammates due to his fast start and sustained success this season. Earlier in the year, reliever Luke Gregerson told Correa to get 'Team Correa' t-shirts made up for the rest of the team, and the 20-year-old complied. The tees, special Nike shirts with 'Showrrea' emblazoned across the front, made their way...
Via Fox Sports
September 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Astros closer Gregerson away for birth of 1st child

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Houston Astros closer Luke Gregerson has left the team for the birth of his first child. Gregerson left the team before Wednesday night's game in Texas after his wife went into labor in Orlando, Florida. She gave birth to a baby boy. Manager A.J. Hinch was unsure how long Gregerson would be out. Hinch said the Astros are supportive of Gregerson, and that the...
Via AP on Fox
September 16, 2015  |  Discuss

How the Houston Astros went from garbage to gold

By Eddie Ravert In case you have been living under a rock this season, the Houston Astros are a great baseball team. They started from the bottom and have a comfortable lead ahead of the Texas Rangers atop the AL West. With a record of 73-60 through Tuesday, the Astros have the fourth-best record in the American League. It’s worth pointing out that they had 907 losses since their...
Via Sportsnaut
September 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Castro's homer in 10th gives Astros 3-2 win over Dodgers

HOUSTON (AP) Jason Castro's solo homer in the 10th inning lifted the Houston Astros to a 3-2 victory and a sweep of the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday. There was one out in the 10th when Castro connected off Chris Hatcher (1-5), launching a 96 mph fastball into the first row of the seats in left field. The play was reviewed and confirmed. Kenley Jansen, who had converted 17 straight...
Via AP on Fox
August 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Hinch: Despite recent struggles, Astros in 'good position'

The Houston Astros lost three of four to the Oakland Athletics over the weekend, as their normally reliable bullpen coughed up a few leads. Despite their tough week, the Astros will open play Tuesday alone in first place in the AL West, as the Los Angeles Angels are still a half-game behind their pace. Houston is just 1-6 on its current road trip and will have to deal with the...
Via Fox Sports
August 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Houston Astros Lose a Heartbreaker to Oakland Athletics

OAKLAND, CA – AUGUST 09: Stephen Vogt #21 of the Oakland Athletics pours Gatorade on Danny Valencia #26 after the game against the Houston Astros at O.co Coliseum on August 9, 2015 in Oakland, California. The Oakland Athletics defeated the Houston Astros 5-4. (Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images) The Houston Astros have had a tough time in the past week but, Sunday’s loss...
Via The Sports Journal
August 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Let’s Not Forget About the Houston Astros Bullpen

SEATTLE, WA – JUNE 21: Closing pitcher Luke Gregerson #44 of the Houston Astros is congratulated by catcher Jason Castro #15 after defeating the Seattle Mariners 6-2 at Safeco Field on June 21, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images) There are a variety of players and reasons that someone can point to and say “that’s why the Houston Astros are shocking...
Via The Sports Journal
July 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Luhnow: Astros could look for 'flamethrower' to add to bullpen mix

The Houston Astros' bullpen has been one of the strongest elements of the club's 2015 turnaround, led by closer Luke Gregerson and an array of middle relievers including Pat Neshek, Will Harris, Chad Qualls and others.  However, their collective average fastball speed, according to the Houston Chronicle's Evan Drellich, is 90.2 mph - so they aren't exactly being an effective group...
Via Fox Sports
July 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Houston Astros Hold First Place With Surprisingly Strong Bullpen

HICAGO, IL – JUNE 10: Pat Neshek #37 of the Houston Astros reacts during the eighth inning after the Chicago White Sox scored two runs at U.S. Cellular Field on June 10, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images) Throughout their recent span of mediocrity through league-worst records, the Houston Astros have featured rather terrible pitching staffs. While the...
Via The Sports Journal
July 08, 2015  |  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

Gregerson 'not surprised at all' by Astros' bullpen efficiency

One of the main reasons the Houston Astros are in first place in the American League West this far into the season is their pitching staff.With a starting lineup filled with players struggling to hit over .200 (except for otherwordly second baseman Jose Altuve, of course), the new-look bullpen corps has been stellar. Newcomers Luke Gregerson, Pat Neshek, Joe Thatcher and Will Harris...
Via Fox Sports
May 29, 2015  |  Discuss

The Houston Astros pitching staff has been outstanding

The Houston Astros are 10-7, their best start since 2007 and they are in first place in the AL West. They have their pitching staff to thank for the good start. They have been one of the surprise stories early on this season. The Astros pitching staff is tied with the New York Mets for the third best ERA in baseball at 3.02. They have allowed the third fewest hits and earned runs...
Via isportsweb.com
April 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Closer Report: Astro the Close-apotomus

Whenever spring training starts to wind down and the closer spot is yet to be determined, it's never a good thing.  It causes rosters to get fat off the land, and wastes your draft picks on no-news type situations. I will turn my one good lazy eye to the Minute Maid conundrum of "who closes for the Astros?"  Some may ask: "who cares?" But this is the essence of SAGNOF believers...
Via Razzball
March 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Cole Hamels Sweepstakes: Houston, We Have A Problem

First and foremost, the Houston Astros should be commended for their recent additions of Luke Gregerson and Pat Neshek; a 911 call to its bullpen was at the top of their Christmas list — 73 save-situation meltdowns combined with a 4.69 ERA over the last three campaigns will leave an organization scrambling to stop the bleeding. Now, the problem at hand: according to Nick Cafardo...
Via Baseball Essential
December 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Astros finalize deals with Gregerson, Neshek,

HOUSTON (AP) The Astros have finalized contract with relievers Luke Gregerson and Pat Neshek. Gregerson is guaranteed $18.5 million over three years from Houston and Neshek $12.5 million over two years. The contracts were agreed to this week at the winter meetings and announced Friday. Gregerson, 30, spent five years with San Diego, then went 5-5 with a 2.12 ERA in 72 appearances...
Via AP on Fox
December 12, 2014  |  Discuss

AP sources: Astros sign relievers Neshek, Gregerson

SAN DIEGO -- The Houston Astros have bolstered their bullpen by agreeing to an $18.5 million, three-year contract with Luke Gregerson and a $12.5 million, two-year deal with former Cardinals reliever Pat Neshek, people familiar with the negotiations said Wednesday. The people spoke on condition of anonymity because the deals with the right-handers were subject to physicals. Gregerson...
Via AP on Fox
December 10, 2014  |  Discuss

AP sources: Astros sign relievers Neshek, Gregerson

SAN DIEGO -- The Houston Astros have bolstered their bullpen by agreeing to an $18.5 million, three-year contract with Luke Gregerson and a $12.5 million, two-year deal with former Cardinals reliever Pat Neshek, people familiar with the negotiations said Wednesday. The people spoke on condition of anonymity because the deals with the right-handers were subject to physicals. Gregerson...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
December 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: Astros agree to deals with relievers Gregerson, Neshek

SAN DIEGO -- The Houston Astros have bolstered their bullpen by agreeing to an $18.5 million, three-year contract with Luke Gregerson and a $12.5 million, two-year deal with Pat Neshek, people familiar with the negotiations said Wednesday. The people spoke on condition of anonymity because the deals with the right-handers were subject to physicals. Gregerson, 30, spent five years...
Via AP on Fox
December 10, 2014  |  Discuss

AP sources: Astros add relievers Gregerson, Neshek

SAN DIEGO (AP) People familiar with the negotiations say the Houston Astros have bolstered their bullpen by agreeing to an $18.5 million, three-year contract with Luke Gregerson and a $12.5 million, two-year deal with Pat Neshek. The people spoke on condition of anonymity Wednesday because the deals with the right-handers were subject to physicals. Gregerson, 30, spent five years...
Via AP on Fox
December 10, 2014  |  Discuss
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