Q&A: Orioles' Gregg adjusting to first full season in new role
By Jake Rill Times Staff Writer
Jun 03, 2012 | 3:00 AM
Orioles relief pitcher Kevin Gregg spoke to Times staff writer Jake Rill about his early appearances, pitching in extra innings, being stretched out to two innings, and his new role in the bullpen. Gregg pitched 9 1-3 scoreless innings from April 18 to May 18.
What do you feel you're doing better this season so far than last season?
Getting people out. You know, just more consistent mechanically, that's about it.
As one of the more experienced relievers in the bullpen, have you given a lot of advice to some of the younger relievers?
I try to. I try to help out. I try to give a little insight to these guys. I try to help out as much as I can and give them different information on hitters, different information on how to prepare for games. Hopefully it's working, it seems like they've been doing pretty good.
Last season you mainly pitched one-inning outings, now you've pitched two innings several times this season. Is it more difficult for you to pitch that second inning?
It's a little different. I mean, you got to prepare differently to be able to get six outs than you do to have to get three outs. It just takes a little bit of adjustment, and it's been quite a few years since I've had to do multiple innings more than not, so just making the adjustment physically, and we'll see how it goes.
How much pressure do you feel when pitching in extra innings on the road, like you have in Boston, Kansas City, and Washington?
I don't worry about it. To me, there's no more pressure in that situation than there is any other. You're trying to put our team in the chance to win. That chance may come in the 15th inning or it may come in the fifth inning. You just got to be prepared to do your job, no matter what inning it is.
Do you feel it's more difficult to prepare to come into the game because you're not the closer anymore and you don't know when you're coming into a game?
It definitely brings a different avenue to prepare, I just got to adjust. It takes some time to slowly develop into roles and develop into being prepared. But it's not like I've never pitched in the big leagues, so I know how to pitch. I know what it takes to get myself ready, and it's just figuring out, kind of anticipating, what innings could be mine.
Why do you think this year's team was more successful early on than last season's team?
I think it's the consistency of our starting pitching. It puts us in a spot where it allows the bullpen to stay in a situation where we're not overused. It allows our offense to ... continue to put pressure on the other team. Last year, a lot of our games we had to try to come back because we were down early a lot, and that's a tough job for any offense. We're not in this situation as much this year.