DENVER – After turning into one of the best pitchers in baseball during the second half of the 2017 season, Colorado Rockies right-hander Jon Gray has scuffled to start 2018, posting a 5.40 ERA in 11 starts with a 1.411 WHIP across 61.2 innings.
Gray has not been an ace. Far from it. Gray has been a disappointment.
That’s not to say things will stay this way. In fact, during his last start where he once again struggled, the last few innings gleamed with positivity. Yet, to this point Gray has been both unlucky and bad.
Let’s touch on the unlucky.
While his ERA is near five-and-a-half, his FIP is just 3.16. His BABIP against is .368 while his groundball rate has stayed about the same from last year. Meaning his numbers are telling that he has been very unlucky given those discrepancies.
But that’s just a small part of a much bigger story.