Injury: Placed on 10-day injured list with right forearm tightness on September 1 (retroactive to after August 28 start). Activated September 8.
Before injury: 4.13 ERA, 4.01 FIP, .238/.319/.393 slash line with OPS of .712 against
After injury: 7.15 ERA, 5.42 FIP, .277/.333/.553 slash line with OPS of .887 against
One of the biggest questions for the Rockies entering the offseason is whether Jon Gray will be back with the team as a member of the rotation in 2022. With his contract ending in 2021, there are still some questions about Gray’s return, even though he has been vocal about wanting to return to Denver.
Will Jon Gray be back with the Colorado Rockies?
While there are questions about Gray’s future with the Rockies, there is no question that the end to Gray’s 2021 season was less-than-desirable. The 29-year-old right-hander lasted just 22.2 innings in his final five starts of the season after coming back a stint on the injured list with right forearm tightness. Gray gave up seven home runs in that stretch, including three in his final outing of the season on the road against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Gray posted an overall hits per nine innings of 8.5 in 2021, his lowest mark in that category since 2016. However, that includes 10.54 hits per nine innings in his final five starts of the year.
Gray certainly made an effort to pound the strike zone to finish the season (striking out 32 in his final 22.2 frames). However, it was feast or famine with Gray as he did this, with batters either missing or making Gray pay more than they did before his trip to the injured list.