Last Chance: Sonny Gray is on his final strike
Sonny Gray will get at least one more chance to show he deserves to keep his place in New York’s rotation, though the Yankees are growing increasingly concerned about the struggling right-hander.
Gray lasted only two innings in Friday night’s 6-2 loss to the Blue Jays, tying for the second-shortest start of his career. He pitched 2 1/3 innings in his last start against the Red Sox and has lost three straight.
Gray (5-7) has allowed at least four earned runs in three consecutive starts, tied for the longest streak of his career. His ERA is 5.84, the third-worst in baseball among starters with a minimum of 80 innings.
Boone said Gray will face Baltimore next week and dismissed the idea of skipping Gray to help clear his head, saying..
“No, I don’t think we’re considering that right now.”
“Part of it is right now we feel like he’s our best option,” Boone said.
“I am concerned, but we also believe in the stuff,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said of Gray. “We’ve got to try and help him right the ship a little bit.”
“It’s getting himself into good counts and making pitches when he has a chance to put guys away,” Boone said. “That’s what he’s really struggled with.”
Gray knows he’s on thin ice…
“I think I’m frustrated, but at the same time, you know I have to come up with some solution if I want to continue to go out there and compete,” Gray said. “I think there has been way too many games like this rather than the other way.”
“It’s not early in the season anymore. It’s not,” he said. “I mean, this is when you’re expected to go out there and contribute and get in some type of rhythm and go out and put together solid starts back-to-back. And I haven’t been close to having been able to do that.”
The Yankees do have options if they decide to remove Gray from the rotation. Those options (Jonathan Loaisiga and Luis Cessa) are unproven, but have performed better than Gray this season.
Loaisiga, who has started four games this season, owns a 2-0 record with a 3.00 ERA. In 18 IP he has 21 strikeouts and owns a 10.9 K/9.
Cessa, who has only started one game and came on in relief in four others owns a 0-1 record with a 5.00 ERA. He’s not the best option for New York, but with Gray’s struggles literally any pitcher on the 40-man roster could be a better option every five days.