Pair of Aces
Gray isn’t a superace, but people have argued whether or not Gray is an ace.
Archer has gone 51-63 with a 3.63 ERA in his six-year career.
Martinez has gone 46-32 with a 3.42 ERA in his five-year career.
Also both of these pitchers ERA+ is above 100. I wouldn’t call either of these pitchers superaces, but they are definitely aces. Statistically, Gray doesn’t stack up to either of them.
Don’t get me wrong. I think Gray is the ace for the Rockies rotation (German Marquez could make a case also). However, compared to the rest of the league (and some of the pitchers mentioned earlier), Gray shouldn’t be considered an ace.
Now, Gray is only 26 and has great talent. He still has a lot of time and potential to grow into an ace. But right now, compared to the rest of the league, Gray is just a slightly above average pitcher. He is far from a superace and still has something to prove before being considered an ace.