Starter Sonny Gray was given the no. 1 spot in the Oakland Athletics rotation after Jarrod Parker went down for the season with Tommy John surgery. Gray, at 24 years old, is already firing like a no. 1 starter and should be a star in more than just the AL West.
Gray continued his successful season as he struck out four, allowed three runs on nine hits and two walks in 11-3 victory against the Houston Astros on Friday. Gray did not dominant in this start, but he still did more than enough to earn the win. He moved to 3-0 on the season, and now has a 1.80 ERA and is one of the best pitchers in the AL despite just playing in his first full season.
Gray had the look of an ace pitcher last season when he went 5-3 with a 2.67 ERA and a 1.109 WHIP. He also had a solid K/BB ratio of 67:20, and has used that momentum from 2013 to come into the early portion of this season primed to be a breakout star. He has been exceptionally this season as he has allowed a total of five earned runs over 25 innings.
Usually the difference between being a mid-rotation pitcher and sure no. 1 is more than just stuff. While Gray definitely has the stuff to be a top-line starter, he also has the attitude to take the mound and set up the A’s for a victory every five days.