Gray (3-3) allowed one earned run on four hits while walking one and striking out five across eight innings to earn the win Sunday against the Royals. Gray worked efficiently Sunday, needing only 92 pitches to complete his eight strong innings of work. He relied mostly on his ability to get groundballs -- 12 of the 19 balls in play that he allowed were on the ground -- to keep the Royals offense in check. Austin Romine was behind the plate Sunday, and there have been rumblings that Gray is more willing to pitch low in the zone with him behind the plate rather than Gary Sanchez. Perhaps not coincidentally, the four starts this season in which he has pitched at least six innings have come with Romine at catcher.
Gray (2-3) took the loss against the A's on Friday, giving up five runs on nine hits and three walks over five innings while striking out two. The right-hander breezed through a 1-2-3 first inning, but Oakland's bats teed off on Gray after that, with two of their nine hits leaving the yard -- the first time in eight starts Gray's given up multiple homers. Despite his success at limiting the long ball, Gray will take a 6.39 ERA and 32:24 K:BB through 38 innings into next Friday's road outing against the Royals.
Gray improved to 2-2 on the season by throwing six innings Saturday against Cleveland, giving up two runs on four hits and a pair of walks while striking out seven. It's the second straight positive start for Gray, who also gave up two runs on four hits in six innings last time out against the Astros. His ERA still sits at 6.00 for the season, though, after several poor starts in April. He'll look to keep things rolling Friday against Oakland.
Gray (1-2) took the loss Monday night despite holding the Astros to two runs on four hits and three walks with four strikeouts over six innings. Gray was much better than in two no-decisions his past two times out, in which he walked a combined nine batters over seven innings, but the Yankees offense couldn't support him against Houston's Charlie Morton. It was refreshing that Gray was able to find his control somewhat, but it was still shaky and has been suspect all season long. Gray now has walked 19 batters in just 27 innings, a 6.3 BB/9 that won't cut it over the long haul. But Gray worked around the walks Monday night against one of the best lineups in the American League, and considering his struggles to date, the Yankees and their fans have to feel pretty good about that despite the loss.
Gray didn't factor into the decision in Wednesday's win over the Twins, giving up three runs on six hits and five walks over 4.2 innings while striking out four. The Yankees' bats gave Gray plenty of run support, but he couldn't pitch deep enough into the game to collect his second win of the season. The right-hander threw 60 of 104 pitches for strikes, and while the outing actually lowered his ERA to 7.71, his 19:16 K:BB in 21 innings remains poor. He'll have a hard time turning things around in his next start Monday on the road against the Astros.