Ray allowed three hits over four scoreless innings during the Blue Jays' 14-1 win over the Yankees on Wednesday. He walked four while striking out five.
Wednesday marked Ray's first outing without an earned run since he was acquired by Toronto. Through five starts with the Blue Jays, the 28-year-old has logged a 6.62 ERA over 20.2 innings of work.
Ray (2-5) took the loss in the first game of Friday's doubleheader against the Phillies, coughing up five runs on five hits and four walks over 4.1 innings as the Blue Jays fell 7-0. He struck out six.
The southpaw threw only 56 of 92 pitches for strikes as his control was once again an issue. Ray has walked 10 batters through 16.2 innings with Toronto, which is still a big improvement over the 31 free passes he issued in 31 innings before getting dropped by Arizona. He'll take a 7.17 ERA and 1.91 WHIP on the year into his final outing Wednesday against the Yankees in Buffalo.
Ray (1-0) allowed one run on four hits and two walks while striking out five across five innings Saturday to claim the win in the Blue Jays' 3-2 victory over the Mets.
Ray did a good job of navigating through the New York lineup, as his only troublesome inning came in the fourth. He surrendered a leadoff single to Michael Conforto, who later came around to score after Jake Marisnick roped a double down the left-field line. Fortunately for Ray, the Blue Jays came back to score twice to give him a 2-1 lead before he was pulled after five frames. The 28-year-old owns a 4.38 ERA in 12.1 innings since joining the Blue Jays, but he's struggled mightily with his command all season long.
Ray allowed four runs on six hits and three walks while striking out five across four innings Sunday against the Red Sox. He did not factor into the decision.
Ray surrendered two home runs -- including a three-run shot -- to sour his second outing with the Blue Jays. He did pitch fairly well otherwise, allowing only a solo home run across his final three frames. Still, long balls and control issues continue to be the demise of Ray on the mound, something that hasn't changed since he was dealt from Arizona. Overall, he has a 7.51 ERA with a 52:35 K:BB across 38.1 innings this season. His next outing is projected to come Saturday against the Mets.
Ray will start Sunday's game against the Red Sox, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reports.
Ray followed Julian Merryweather and worked as a primary pitcher in his Blue Jays debut, but he will work as a traditional starter Sunday, taking the mound in the first inning and throwing as many innings as he can. Command will be key for Ray, who walked just one batter his last time out but issued 31 bases on balls over 31 innings with the Diamondbacks before being traded.
Ray gave up two runs (one earned) on four hits with four strikeouts and one walk over 3.1 innings during Tuesday's 3-2 loss to the Marlins.
The command issues that plagued the southpaw throughout the season in Arizona were nowhere to be found Tuesday, as he threw 36 of his 48 pitches for strikes and didn't walk multiple batters for the first time in 2020. Ray followed opener Julian Merryweather a day after being acquired by the Blue Jays, and the team could opt to continue with that setup based on the initial success. Ray lines up to pitch again Sunday against the Red Sox.
The Diamondbacks dealt Ray to the Blue Jays on Monday in exchange for reliever Travis Bergen, Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun reports.
The Blue Jays currently hold the eighth and final playoff spot in the American League but felt the need to bolster their ailing rotation in order to remain in the race. In his current form, Ray isn't exactly a playoff-caliber arm, as he owns a 7.84 ERA and a 7.23 FIP through seven starts. His strikeout rate has slipped slightly to 27.9 percent, but it's his walk rate, which has ballooned to 20.1 percent, that's been the primary issue, along with his groundball rate, which has fallen dramatically to 19.2 percent. The southpaw posted a 3.72 ERA over the three previous seasons, however, and if Ray can get anywhere close to recapturing that form, he'll certainly be a useful addition for Toronto.
Ray (1-4) walked six batters over four innings and took the loss Wednesday against the Rockies. He allowed two runs and two hits while striking out eight.
It was another uneven performance for Ray, who needed 99 pitches to get 12 outs. He has yet to pitch six innings in any of his six starts and walked six for the third time. Ray scrapped mechanical changes implemented during the offseason, according to Steve Gilbert of MLB.com, and throttled back on his fastball, all in an effort to find more consistent command. His next start is scheduled for Tuesday on the road against the Dodgers, if the Diamondbacks don't move the left-hander before the trade deadline.
Ray (1-3) took the loss to San Francisco on Friday. He allowed four runs on seven hits and five walks while striking out eight over five innings.
Ray was hurt by excessive walks once again and now leads the majors with 25 free passes allowed. The left-hander danced around trouble immediately, loading the bases in both of the first two innings, but he avoided significant damage. He was also hurt by the long ball, permitting a pair of two-run homers, giving him nine allowed in 27 innings. Ray lugs an 8.33 ERA into his next start Wednesday at home against Colorado.
Ray allowed one run on six walks across five innings Sunday, striking out four in the win over San Diego. He did not factor in the decision.
Ray was lifted from the game after throwing just 45 of 95 pitches for strikes despite holding the Padres without a hit. Through 22 innings this season, the 28-year-old lefty owns a brutal 27:20 K:BB. He'll carry an 8.59 ERA into Friday's start in San Francisco.
Ray allowed six runs on seven hits and three walks over 3.2 innings Monday, striking out six batters in the win over Colorado. He did not factor in the decision.
Thanks to a productive day by Arizona's offense, Ray avoided the loss despite the rough outing. He allowed a solo homer to Trevor Story in the first inning and was sent to the clubhouse after allowing four runs through 3.2 innings. Unfortunately for his ERA, two more runners came across to score that he left on base. The 6-foot-2 lefty owns an ugly 10.59 ERA and a 23:14 K:BB across 17 innings. Ray will look to get back in the win column against the Padres at home Saturday.
Ray (1-2) allowed six runs on six hits and two walks and struck out six over five innings in a win over the Astros on Wednesday.
Ray gave up his fair share of runs in the slugfest -- five of the six runs he allowed came on homers. He fared better than Astros starter Lance McCullers, and Ray had enough run support to get his first win of the year. The 28-year-old has a 9.45 ERA and 1.95 WHIP through 13.1 innings this season. The struggling southpaw will look to get on track Monday in Colorado.
Ray (0-2) was charged with the loss against the Dodgers on Thursday, surrendering five runs on five hits and six walks with four strikeouts across 4.2 innings.
Ray struggled with his command from the start, issuing a leadoff walk to Mookie Betts, who soon scored on a sacrifice fly by Justin Turner. The 28-year-old then gave up a two-run homer to A.J. Pollock. The second inning brought more trouble in the form of a leadoff home run by Corey Seager, who eventually became Ray's final batter in the fifth after knocking in an RBI groundout. The six walks were a career high for Ray. He'll look to straighten things out Wednesday against Houston.
Ray (0-1) allowed three runs on four hits and three walks while striking out seven over 3.2 innings in a loss to the Padres on Saturday.
There was some buzz surrounding Ray given his slimmed-down physique and revamped delivery. Unfortunately, the new delivery and shorter arm action that he showcased in summer camp did not lead to good results in his regular-season debut. In fact, it was more of what we've come to expect from Ray: walks and inefficiency. He needed 97 pitches to record 11 outs. The lefty lines up to face the Dodgers at home next week.
Ray allowed one run on one hit and didn't walk a batter while striking out nine over six innings in Wednesday night's intrasquad game, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports.
Other than allowing a solo home run by Trayce Thompson, Ray was dominant once again. He's been dialed in during summer camp, allowing just one run with three walks and 17 strikeouts over 11 innings. After the game, the left-hander discussed the changes he's made, including a slimmed down physique, a revamped delivery and shorter arm action. "It's definitely something that I worked on to try to be more - to have something that's more repeatable," Ray said of his shorter arm stroke. "That was something that allowed me to get in the same spot in my delivery time after time and be consistent." Ray is expected to serve as the Diamondbacks' No. 2 starter in 2020, with his season debut expected July 25 against San Diego.
Ray tossed five no-hit innings in Friday's intrasquad game, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports.
Ray got up to 76 pitches with his fastball regularly hitting the mid-90s. "The stuff was overpowering at times and the secondary stuff was together," Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said. "I couldn't be more happy with what he did." The manager's comments echo what catcher Steven Vogt said earlier in the week when asked by Steve Gilbert of MLB.com about the most impressive pitchers in camp. Vogt didn't hesitate in raving about Ray.
Ray threw approximately 80 pitches to live hitters Sunday, Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports.
The session was a combination of live batting practice and simulated game for Ray, the left-hander who is entering the final year of his contract. He told manager Torey Lovullo last week that he feels ready to pitch in a game immediately, and the 29-year-old hurler proved it during Sunday's session. "He said that he was ready to start a baseball season, and he backed that up," Lovullo said. "His stuff was extremely aggressive. He was throwing balls to both sides of the plate, great depth on certain breaking balls. It wasn't perfect, nor do we expect it to be, but for [his first outing], it was outstanding." Ray said he threw with "max effort" and that his arm and body felt good.
Ray allowed one run on three hits while striking out three over four innings in Thursday's spring game against the Rangers.
Ray had a third straight strong start, including a "B" game against a college team, and has allowed just one run in eight spring innings. He talked about his new mechanics at the start of camp, referencing an arm adjustment designed to keep him in the zone more consistently, and the lefty has walked just two batters in three outings.
Ray allowed three hits and struck out six over 2.1 scoreless innings in a "B" game against a Japanese college team Saturday, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports.
Instead of having him throw against the division rival Dodgers, the Diamondbacks moved Ray to the back fields to continue his spring progression. The left-hander is up to 44 pitches after two spring starts and has spun four scoreless innings after adjusting his mechanics during the offseason. He's currently pegged as Arizona's No. 2 starter behind ace Madison Bumgarner, although the Diamondbacks may want to change up the roster order to avoiding having two consecutive lefties in the rotation.
Ray started Sunday and walked two while striking out three over 1.2 scoreless innings in a spring win over the Athletics.
Ray, who showed off a slimmer physique upon his arrival to camp, also showed off new mechanics, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports. The left-hander is trying to finish his delivery more toward the plate rather than falling off to the third-base side. "I'm not losing stuff arm side because my direction is more towards the plate. I'm not pulling so much with my front side, which is allowing me to stay in the zone and not pull and leave stuff arm side," said Ray, who had a 4.3 BB/9 in 2019 and 5.1 the previous season. The 28-year-old Ray is slotted in at second in the rotation behind Madison Bumgarner.
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