This is the news Yankees fans have been waiting to hear. Sonny Gray figures to pitch one of the games in Saturday’s doubleheader against the Orioles. Aaron Boone addressed the likelihood of the spot start during his postgame press conference on Wednesday night.
The Yankees are still finalizing plans for the weekend at Baltimore, but Aaron Boone says it’s likely Sonny Gray starts one of the games in Saturday’s doubleheader now.— Coley Harvey (@ColeyHarvey) August 23, 2018
Gray, 28, has had a disaster season in 2018. The right-hander owns a 5.34 ERA with a 4.34 FIP over 113 innings. His 48.4% groundball rate represents a career low, while his 4.06 BB/9 stands out as the highest mark since breaking into the major leagues. Gray struggled so badly that the Yankees had to remove him from the starting rotation.
In a funny turn of events, the catalyst for Gray’s demotion was a meltdown start against the Orioles. He allowed seven runs over just 2.2 innings while facing the O’s at Yankee Stadium. Maybe he can restore some balance to his season by shoving at Camden Yards? I’m not holding my breath, though.
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