Gray (2-1) gave up one run on three hits and a walk over seven innings while striking out 11 in Wednesday's 4-1 win over the Marlins. It was by far Gray's best start since coming off the DL, and the right-hander now has a dominant 19:3 K:BB in 13 innings over his last two outings. He'll face a much tougher test Tuesday on the road in Cleveland.
Gray (1-1) allowed three runs on four hits and two walks across six innings in Thursday's win over the Red Sox. He struck out eight. Gray surrendered two runs on three hits and a walk in the first inning, but he settled down and allowed just a solo home run the rest of the way. He induced six ground outs and easily notched a new season high in punchouts -- a positive sign after he totaled just nine over his first 16.2 innings this season. While Gray's 3.97 ERA isn't incredibly impressive, he has allowed more than three earned runs just once through four starts and topped the 100-pitch mark for the second straight outing in this one. He seems to be trending in the right direction after a lat injury delayed the start of his season and will look to build on this performance Wednesday against the Marlins.
Gray didn't factor into the decision Saturday against the Rangers but surrendered just two earned runs on five hits and two walks over six innings. He struck out three. Gray put together the best outing of his first three starts, firing 106 pitches and keeping the Rangers lineup largely at bay. The 27-year-old righty also managed to stay away from the long ball altogether for the second straight start after giving up three in his first appearance of the season against the Twins. Gray's groundball outs have encouragingly been in double digits in the last two games, certainly a factor in his improved performance since his debut. He's now lowered his ERA from 6.00 to 3.78 over his last pair of trips to the mound, a trend he'll look to extend in a Thursday home start versus the Red Sox.
Gray allowed four runs (one earned) and seven hits while walking one and striking out two over 4.2 innings for a no-decision in Sunday's 8-6 win over the Tigers. Gray looked much better in this one after allowing four earned runs and five hits (three home runs) over six frames in his season debut May 2 against Minnesota. While the right-hander's velocity has been fine, he'll need to induce more strikeouts (5.1 K/9) to become more than just a streaming option in deep mixed leagues.
Gray will start for the Athletics on Sunday against the Tigers, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. The right-hander will take the spot originally scheduled for Sean Manaea (shoulder), who felt soreness during recent rehab work. Gray will notch a two-start week, though he'll face a tough Tigers lineup after having trouble with the Twins on Tuesday. At least his velocity has come back strong, topping out at 96.1 mph Tuesday, since he returned from the disabled list.
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