After his second start for the Oakland Athletics, Sonny Gray appears ready to be a major contributor. The right-hander had another impressive performance on the mound to start the season and might be a breakout pitcher with the Athletics in 2014.
The 24-year-old starting pitcher didn’t expect to start the year as the opening day starter, but after injuries to two of his teammates he was put into a bigger role. This doesn’t seem to be a challenge for Gray, though. He looks ready to step up for Oakland after looking great against the Seattle Mariners today. He pitched for six innings, giving up six hits, three runs (one earned), two walks and struck out three batters to stifle a good Seattle lineup, but it was not without a little help from the opposition.
The Mariners had a great chance to open up the floodgates in the second inning, but they made some poor base running errors that cost them. Abraham Almonte made a bad decision to try and get to third base off of a single by Brad Miller and was gunned down by right fielder Sam Fuld to end the damage at only two runs. Gray gave up another run in the third, but for the most part the rest of the way was smooth sailing.
By allowing only one earned run to come through, the young pitcher’s ERA sits at a remarkable 0.75 for the season. That is one of the lowest ERAs by any pitcher in the league right now and might be a great indicator for what is to come for Gray this year with the Athletics. He proved during his rookie campaign that he can pitch in the majors after posting a 5-3 record with a 2.67 ERA in 64 innings pitched, but now in his second year he might be ready to elevate his game even further.