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Aug 28, 2015; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Colorado Rockies starting pitcher J. Gray (55) pitches to Pittsburgh Pirates right fielder G. Polanco (R) during the fourth inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Some thoughts on Jon Gray
(via Purple Row, also Purple Row)
No need to link to the embarrassingly ignorant hot take a certain Denver newspaper had on Jon Gray early Thursday morning, so let’s instead focus on good and intelligent content that provides depth, via Purple Row in the links above.
Obviously, for the first one, as stated in the post, Rome wasn’t built in a day, and if you (or any certain writer at any certain “paper of record” in Denver) believes that six starts are enough on which to judge Jon Gray’s full career… yikes, man. Maybe baseball isn’t the sport you ought to cover, because it doesn’t sound like you know very much about it.
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The other piece — Drew Creasman’s question about shutting down Gray for the rest of the month — is the more interesting one, though. There certainly may be value in doing it for a guy who has already thrown nearly 150 innings this year, just two years out of college ball at the University of Oklahoma.
I think the Colorado Rockies will likely give him another couple starts — if only because they are now on that six-man rotation and can justify giving him the extra day of rest every time they go through another turn — and because they’d probably like him to experience a little more success before he shuts it down for the year.
Obviously, David Hale is likely the one most ready to step into the rotation should Gray be removed, with Christian Bergman also a likely candidate.