On a sun-splashed Wednesday afternoon in downtown Denver, Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Jon Gray put together not just another impressive performance, but another impressive performance at Coors Field, a place often pointed to as the equivalent of Dante’s Inferno for pitchers.
Over the course of 5.2 innings and 95 pitches (60 for strikes), Gray held the San Diego Padres to three hits and one earned run. The outing was his sixth at Coors Field this season, and he has yet to allow more than two earned runs in any 2021 home start.
Gray’s outing on Wednesday was his 130th career start for the Rockies, the only team he has ever known and the franchise that took him third overall in the 2013 MLB draft. He needs just two more starts to pass Jamey Wright for the sixth-most starts in franchise history.
The question is: How many more starts will Gray make in a Rockies uniform?
It’s not a secret that the Rockies will likely be sellers at the trade deadline. Entering Wednesday’s doubleheader with San Diego with a 12-23 mark, Colorado was not only last in the National League West but also had the lowest number of wins in the NL.
Colorado needs to start a rebuild, and it has two prime chips to trade at the upcoming deadline in Gray and All-Star shortstop Trevor Story. But which player could bring the greatest haul back to the Rockies in a trade?
Is Jon Gray or Trevor Story more valuable for the Colorado Rockies at the MLB trade deadline?
Let’s look at the cases for both players.