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Astros Countdown: Top Five Road Warriors in 2017

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Jun 7, 2017; Kansas City, MO, USA; Houston Astros catcher Brian McCann (16) connects for a single in the ninth inning against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 7, 2017; Kansas City, MO, USA; Houston Astros catcher Brian McCann (16) connects for a single in the ninth inning against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports /
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Luke Gregerson

Jun 4, 2017; Arlington, TX, USA; Houston Astros relief pitcher Luke Gregerson (44) throws a pitch in the rain in the ninth inning against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 4, 2017; Arlington, TX, USA; Houston Astros relief pitcher Luke Gregerson (44) throws a pitch in the rain in the ninth inning against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports /

For a pitcher, it is very hard to find success away from their home ballpark. However, Astros reliever Luke Gregerson has flipped that stereotype on its head in 2017.

This season, Gregerson has struggled as a whole. With a .276 batting average against, the right-hander has a career high 5.19 ERA with a 1.50 WHIP. In only 26 innings of work this season, he has already surpassed his home runs given up last season with six and has given up 29 hits, nine away from matching 2016’s total.

However, the majority of that has happened at home. In 13.2 innings of work, Gregerson has a 9.22 ERA with a 1.90 WHIP and a .333 batting average against, blowing both of his save opportunities.

With that kind of home numbers, Gregerson has actually been spectacular on the road. In 12.1 innings, he has a 0.73 ERA with a 1.05 WHIP and a .200 batting average against. Giving up only one of his six home runs away from his home ballpark, Gregerson seems to be back to his normal self, striking out 16 batters.

It is shocking how much Gregerson changes as a pitcher depending on where his team is playing. It will be interesting to see if one of those stats gives way and becomes more like normal in the coming weeks.

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