Ray (7-12) struck out seven hitters and allowed just two runs over five innings Thursday against Atlanta, but was stuck with the loss. He gave up six hits and four walks.
In all honesty, Ray deserved a worse fate for averaging two baserunners per inning, but he was able to escape with his fourth straight start of two or fewer runs. At this point, anyone who's dipped a foot into the waters of Ray ownership understands the package he offers for fantasy owners: tons of strikeouts, but inconsistent control and an unfriendly home park. He needs to find a way to make that sky-high .354 BABIP come down, but that'll be hard to do if he keeps surrendering hard contact at a career-high rate.
Ray (6-11) allowed two runs (one earned) on eight hits and two walks with five strikeouts over five innings in a win over the Mets.
Ray was clutch on Monday, as he induced two double plays and recorded three strikeouts with runners in scoring position. He was shaky, but thanks to his ability to come up with big pitches at important times, he has now allowed just one earned run over his past 12 innings. Ray still has just a 4.47 ERA, but his 161 strikeouts in 133 innings makes him an intriguing pitcher to watch.
Ray was dazzling Wednesday, throwing seven shutout innings allowing just three hits and striking out four, but got a no-decision as the Mets tied the game in the ninth.
Despite the minimal line, Ray needed 98 pitches to get through seven innings, opening the door for new closer Jake Barrett to blow a save in the ninth. The young left-hander has been inconsistent of late, throwing just one quality start in his last eight tries prior to Wednesday, although the one was a seven-inning shutout. Yet Ray has struck out at least seven hitters in every one of those eight starts, and now has 156 strikeouts on the year. His ERA sits at 4.57.
Ray has now served up at least five runs in each of his past three starts despite striking out 30 batters over 16.2 innings in that span. It's hard to get a beat on Ray, who continues to post fantastic strikeout numbers and has a sharp 46 percent groundball rate. And yet, he has allowed 17 home runs in 121 innings and owns a rough 4.83 ERA. His stuff is worth watching, but he hasn't put it together yet.
Ray (5-10) pitched 5.2 innings, allowing five runs on five hits and two walks while striking out 11 Brewers in Thursday's loss.
Ray hadn't reached double-digit K's in his first 48 MLB starts, but he's now done it in his past two outings. Unfortunately for the lefty, he's come up short in both efforts, giving Ray double-digit losses for the second straight season. The 24-year-old's high strikeout rate makes him an attractive option in many leagues, but his inefficiency (pitched into the seventh just four times all year) combined with a 4.70 ERA and 1.50 WHIP are valid reasons to look elsewhere.
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