Ray was tagged for five runs on five hits -- including three home runs -- and five walks over 4.1 innings Wednesday but was able to escape with a no-decision in a 13-7 win over the Padres. He struck out six. It was a wild night in Petco Park, as the two teams combined for a stadium-record nine homers, and Ray had served up only two long balls total in his prior six starts and 34 innings, so don't read too much into the ugly stat line. The lefty's final start of the regular season is scheduled for Tuesday at home against the Giants.
Ray (14-5) picked up the win over the Giants on Friday, allowing two runs (one earned) on six hits over seven innings while striking out 10. The error that caused the unearned run was his own, but otherwise there was nothing to complain about in the left-hander's performance. Ray has now struck out double-digit batters in four straight starts and won all five of his outings since coming off the DL in late August, giving him a dominant 1.39 ERA, 0.77 WHIP and 55:6 K:BB in only 32.1 innings over that stretch. He seems poised to continue his incredible streak Wednesday on the road against the Padres.
Ray (13-5) earned the win over the Padres on Sunday, allowing two runs on four hits and two walks while striking out 12 over six innings. Ray has been as dominant as ever since his return from a concussion; this was his third straight double-digit strikeout performance, and he now has a ridiculous 45:6 K:BB over 25.1 innings since his activation. The lefty has also been stingy with the long ball, allowing just four homers over 38 innings so far in the second half. He's been one of the great stories of the baseball season. Up next: a road matchup with the Giants.
Ray (12-5) struck out 14 batters and gave up just three hits over 7.2 innings to earn the victory Monday against the Dodgers. Ray has now struck out double-digit batters in consecutive starts and has recorded a ridiculous 33 strikeouts over just 19.1 innings in his past three outings. After a slow start to the season, Ray has been one of the league's elite starting pitchers. In his past 15 starts, Ray now owns a 1.94 ERA with an absurd 125 strikeouts over 92.2 innings.
Ray (11-5) earned the win after allowing one run and striking out 10 in 6.2 innings of work Wednesday against the Dodgers. He scattered four hits and walked two batters. It was just business as usual for Ray, who now sports a shiny 1.54 ERA, 0.86 WHIP and 19:4 K:BB in two starts (11.2 innings) since returning from the concussion DL. The 25-year-old has struck out 10 or more batters in seven games this season, and he currently owns an impressive 11.7 K/9, the best rate of his career. Ray continues to solidify himself as an elite fantasy starter, and he'll look to keep things rolling in his next start, which projects to be a rematch against the Dodgers on Monday.
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