Gregerson pitched on Tuesday for the first time in five days, striking one batter in a scoreless eighth inning in an 8-3 win over the Braves. Gregerson was used in a low-leverage spot after two utterly forgettable outings last week in which he allowed five runs, five hits, two homers and a walk in one-plus innings. Manager A.J. Hinch is confident Gregerson, who lowered his ERA to 7.82 with Tuesday's scoreless inning, will pitch his way back into the setup role but will want him to rack up a couple more confidence-building outings in low-stress situations.
Gregerson has lost the movement of his sinker and is trying to reestablish it, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports. Gregerson had two poor outings last week, which manager A.J. Hinch chalked up to poor command. Having the right-handed setup man work on his sinker the last few days explains why we haven't seen him on the mound since May 4. There have been at least two situations in the last three games that have called out for Gregerson, who needs his sinker to be effective, as his 90 mph fastball doesn't dazzle opposing batters. He said it's something that has affected him in the past, typically in late May or early June, and he feels it's occurring earlier this year because of his participation in the World Baseball Classic.
Gregerson's struggles this week in two outings against the Rangers were the result of wavering command, per manager A.J. Hinch, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports. The Astros' setup man allowed five runs on five hits, including two home runs, over his last two appearances. Hinch sounded confident when talking about Gregerson's struggles, telling reporters that the reliever will bounce back and give the Astros the type of work the manager expects out of him. Until Gregerson fixes his command issues, however, he may not be called upon for high-leverage situations, such as a save opportunity. That was the case Friday night, when closer Ken Giles spectacularly blew a save in the ninth inning. After the Astros pushed a run across the plate in the top of the 10th inning, instead of Gregerson getting an opportunity to close out the game, Hinch chose Chris Devenski.
Gregerson was called on to close out Tuesday's game but didn't get an out and allowed two runs in Houston's 8-7 win over Texas. With closer Ken Giles unavailable after throwing three of the previous four days, manager A.J. Hinch went with the typically reliable Gregerson with a three-run lead entering the ninth. He didn't get the job done and was replaced by Will Harris, who notched his first save of the season. Gregerson had thrown 7.1 shutout innings over eight appearances heading into Tuesday's game.
Gregerson worked around a one-out walk to record a scoreless eighth inning in Tuesday's 7-5 win over the Mariners. Gregerson was making his first appearance since a six-run implosion last Saturday. The Astros and Gregerson have moved on from what was deemed the worst outing of his career. He'll continue to work the eighth inning ahead of closer Ken Giles.