Manager Bud Black officially announced Sunday that Gray will start Wednesday's National League wild-card game against the Diamondbacks, Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports. This announcement doesn't come as much of a surprise, as Gray was clearly the Rockies' best starter during the regular season. The 25-year-old compiled a 10-4 record while posting a 3.67 ERA (3.17 FIP) and 24.3 percent strikeout rate over 110.1 innings pitched. He'll face a tough test against a potent Diamondbacks' lineup in hitter-friendly Chase Field.
Gray (10-4) allowed three runs on six hits while striking out five batters through six innings to take the win against Miami on Wednesday. Gray has now won four of his past five starts and has worked himself down to a 3.67 ERA and 1.30 WHIP for the campaign. Alongside his 9.1 K/9, Gray has turned in a solid campaign considering he missed approximately a month and a half with a foot injury and calls Coors Field home. Pitching in a hitter-friendly home park will always cap his fantasy upside, but Gray's strong stretch to finish the regular season has showcased why he was the third overall selection in the 2013 Amateur Draft.
Gray (9-4) picked up the win over the Padres on Friday, striking out and eight and allowing one run on five hits and a walk over six innings. He extended his streak of starts in which he's given up three runs or fewer to 12, and Gray's 2.49 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and 75:16 K:BB in 72.1 innings over that stretch are the kind of ace-like numbers the Rockies were hoping for when they drafted the right-hander in the first round back in 2013. He'll make one more trip to the mound in the regular season Wednesday at home against the Marlins.
Gray allowed two hits over five innings while walking one and striking out seven in a 4-3 loss to the visiting Padres. He didn't allow a run or factor into the decision. Gray pitched well enough to deserve his ninth win of the year, but the Rockies' bullpen imploded behind him. As such, his record remains at 8-4 and he remains two wins shy of his career-high 10 set last year. Most importantly, his 3.75 ERA is significantly better than his career mark of 4.46, making him a serviceable fantasy asset in all but the shallowest of leagues.
Gray (8-4) allowed just two runs on seven hits while striking out 10 without a walk over seven strong innings to earn the win Tuesday in Arizona. Backed by a pair of Carlos Gonzalez two-run homers, Gray pitched like the ace of Colorado's staff in this NL West rivalry game with wild-card implications. The 25-year-old righty tied his season high in both strikeouts and innings pitched while issuing zero free passes for only the second time in 17 starts. Look for him to build on this effort at home Sunday against the league-worst Padres offense.
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