WASHINGTON -- Kevin Gregg spent the offseason and Spring Training learning to pitch from the first-base side of the mound, and the results were not at all what he had hoped.
In his first three outings, Gregg allowed more baserunners than he recorded outs. On April 15 against the Blue Jays, he gave up three runs on three hits, two walks and a hit batsman, all while recording just one out.
That outing led him to undo his mechanical changes. He moved back to the third-base side of the mound, where he had pitched for most of his career, and said he was more comfortable.
"I moved over to the first-base side trying to make it easier to keep the ball in the strike zone, and that was working," Gregg said. "But it created less deception on the ball, so people were making more contact."
Said manager Buck Showalter: "Kevin knows what adjustments need to be made. He's a guy that has been successful for a long time. You don't have that without being able to fight through some adversity now and then."
Since making the switch, Gregg has made seven consecutive outings without allowing a run. He's given up only three hits and three walks while striking out eight in 9 1/3 innings.
"It's just a matter of getting myself right," Gregg said. "I've been in the big leagues for a while, so I know how to pitch. I know how to get people out."