In 2015, Luke Gregerson got his first real shot at being a full-time closer, and it went reasonably well. He only had 36 save opportunities, converting 31 of them, so despite an 0.95 WHIP, Gregerson finished outside the top 12 in Fantasy points for relievers. As was the case last spring, Gregerson will have to compete for the closer's role, and with Ken Giles being his competition this time, it would surprise few owners if Gregerson went back to a setup role. Even as a closer, Gregerson is a No. 2 standard mixed league reliever at best.
Gregerson worked around Alex Gordon's solo home run in the ninth inning Sunday to collect his third save of the 2015 postseason. He struck out one over 1.1 innings. Gregerson has seen plenty of work in the playoffs thus far and actually earned a four-out save Sunday against the Royals. It was only the fifth time he's earned a save of more than three outs in his career.
Astros closer Luke Gregerson needed only 13 pitches (nine for strikes) to complete a scoreless ninth inning Thursday against the Royals to earn his second save of the 2015 postseason. He struck out two. Two nights after preserving a 3-0 win over the Yankees in the AL Wild Card game, Gregerson was back at it with a scoreless inning against the Royals. He struck out Kendrys Morales to open the the frame, but proceeded to hit Mike Moustakas with a pitch. Fortunately, Gregerson rebounded to retire Salvador Perez (strikeout) and Alex Gordon (foul out) to escape the inning with no further damage. Through two playoff appearances this season, the 31-year-old right-hander has allowed just one baserunner while striking out four over two scoreless innings.
Astros closer Luke Gregerson allowed a hit and struck out a batter across a scoreless inning, en route to his 41st save in a 7-6 win over the Mariners on Wednesday. It took Gregerson six pitches to get his save, and it was a win the Astros desperately needed. The numbers have been solid for the righty, as he holds a 3.15 ERA and 0.97 WHIP in 60 innings this season. His biggest strength is his control, as Gregerson has walked only 10 batters all season.
Astros reliever Luke Gregerson rebounded Sunday, needing only 10 pitches (eight for strikes) to complete a perfect ninth inning against the Rangers to earn his 29th save of the season. After allowing three runs on four hits during a non-save situation Saturday, Gregerson was right back in there to pitch a high-leverage situation Sunday. He obviously responded well and lowered his ERA to 3.24 with the scoreless outing.
Astros closer Luke Gregerson struggled in a non-save situation Saturday, giving up three runs on four hits in 2/3 innings. He also hit a batter with a pitch. Gregerson started the ninth inning protecting a 9-4 lead, but after striking out the first two hitters he faced the wheels came off, forcing Will Harris to record the final out of the game. Gregerson hasn't officially blown a save since early August, so his job as closer is in no jeopardy despite Saturday's meltdown.