Gray (1-2) allowed two runs on six hits and a walk over six innings against Miami on Wednesday to earn his first career victory. He also registered eight strikeouts. Gray bounced back in a big way after having been pounded for 22 runs (and 14 walks) over his four previous starts, limiting the Marlins to RBI singles by Lewin Diaz and Jesus Sanchez. Gray stranded a pair of runners in the sixth inning to complete his fourth quality start since being acquired from the Dodgers at the trade deadline. Despite his inconsistencies, the 23-year-old has likely flashed enough -- including a 9.86 K/9 over 59.1 innings -- to solidify a rotation spot entering 2022. Gray is lined up to face the Rockies at Coors Field next Monday.
Gray allowed five runs on three hits and four walks while striking out five in 5.1 innings during a no-decision versus Colorado on Friday. Control continues to be a problem for Gray, who threw 58 of 94 pitches for strikes in this contest. He's walked 10 batters in 10.1 innings across his last two starts. The 23-year-old owns a 6.24 ERA, 1.44 WHIP and 57:27 K:BB in 53.1 innings overall, while adding an 0-2 record in 11 appearances. Gray projects for a friendlier road start in Miami next week.
Gray didn't factor into the decision in Saturday's 10-7 loss to the Pirates, coughing up five runs on three hits and six walks over five innings. He struck out four. The right-hander threw only 54 of 100 pitches for strikes, and when he did get the ball over the plate it got hit hard, as Bryan Reynolds and Ben Gamel both took him deep. The wheels have suddenly come off for Gray, and after posting a 2.89 ERA and 1.11 WHIP through his first five starts as a Nat, he's been tagged with a 12.75 ERA and 2.25 WHIP over his last three.
Gray allowed six runs on seven hits and a walk with two strikeouts in three innings versus the Mets on Sunday. He did not factor in the decision. The 23-year-old has yielded a half-dozen runs in each of his last two starts, covering just seven innings in that span. The right-hander allowed the Mets to cobble together four runs in the first inning and then yielded solo home runs to Jonathan Villar and Javier Baez before he was removed from the game. Gray has struggled to a 5.65 ERA, 1.42 WHIP and 48:17 K:BB through 43 innings between the Nationals and the Dodgers this year. He's in line for a favorable road start versus Pittsburgh during next weekend's three-game series.
Gray (0-2) took the loss Monday, coughing up six runs on seven hits and three walks over four innings as the Nationals were downed 7-4 by the Phillies. He struck out four. The right-hander served up a two-run shot to Bryce Harper in the first inning on his 10th pitch of the game, and it was all downhill from there for Gray. It's the first time in six starts for the Nats he's failed to last at least five innings or given up more than three runs, but the one constant for Gray has been his inability to keep the ball in the park -- he's been tagged for at least one homer in every big-league appearance this year, and his 4.72 ERA is fueled by a 2.92 HR/9.
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