Ray struck out nine and held the Giants to two runs on five hits and three walks through six innings Wednesday night, but was stuck with a no-decision.
Ray reached nine strikeouts for the second time in just four starts, but he was outdueled by Chris Stratton and left facing a deficit despite his excellent effort. Control also continues to be an issue for Ray. He walked at least three batters for the fourth time in as many starts, and perhaps the biggest problem there is the impact on his pitch count. Ray needed 99 pitches to get through six innings, and that will make it harder for him to make sure he can stay in games long enough to rack up wins, even when he's as nasty as he was Wednesday night.
Ray allowed three runs on five hits and three walks with six strikeouts over 4.2 innings in a no-decision Wednesday against the Giants.
With just one more out, Ray would have qualified for a victory, but he needed 100 pitches (just 60 strikes) to get through 14 outs. Ray induced a solid 12 swinging strikes, but he made just 13 first-pitch strikes to 22 batters and was too wild and inefficient to close the deal. Despite a 2-0 record, Ray's ERA sits at 5.74.
There were some velocity concerns with Ray after he gave up six earned runs to the Rockies in his season debut, but he fared much better in his second go-around against the Cardinals and was rewarded with his second victory of the season. Ray has struck out 17 batters in his first two starts of the year and while his eight walks on the season are a bit more than fantasy owners would like and the velocity storyline still is one worth keeping an eye on, Thursday's start can still be considered an encouraging sign for a pitcher who posted a sterling 2.89 ERA over 28 starts in 2017.
Ray's fastball velocity was clocked at an average of 92.6 miles per hour and peaked at 95 miles per hour during his season debut in Friday's 9-8 victory over the Rockies, Zach Buchanan of The Athletic Arizona reports. The lefty averaged 94.5 miles per hour on his fastball in 2017 and typically peaked around the 97-to-98 range.
Though he was credited with the win and picked up eight strikeouts Friday, Ray labored throughout the start, lasting five innings and ceding seven runs (six earned) on seven hits -- including three home runs -- and three walks. Manager Torey Lovullo believes some early season rust was in play and is optimistic the lefty will regain velocity in subsequent outings, but making up a nearly two-tick deficit is a tall order for any pitcher to accomplish during the season. Those who roster Ray in deeper leagues will probably still want to activate him for his next projected start Thursday in St. Louis, but it may not be a bad idea for owners in shallower formats where the replacement value is higher to put him on the bench for the week and keeps tabs on his velocity in the outing.
Ray struggled against a potent Colorado lineup, giving up home runs to Ian Desmond, Gerardo Parra and Charlie Blackmon. He still picked up the win, however, thanks to some great run support from his Arizona teammates. Ray did have eight strikeouts in the game and he's coming off a breakthrough campaign in which he went 15-5 with a 2.89 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP in 162 innings, so this rough outing can probably be chalked up to an early-season hiccup in a difficult matchup.
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