After Gerrit Cole got shelled on Sunday afternoon by Cleveland, Robbie Ray was presented with an opportunity to essentially lock up the American League Cy Young with a strong outing on Monday in Tampa Bay.
Unfortunately, that didn’t happen, as the Rays made life insanely difficult for Ray. They took borderline pitches, had calls go their way, fouled pitch after pitch after pitch off, and finally broke through with a big three-run homer in the fifth inning after Ray had walked the tightrope in the first few.
All told, Ray went four-and-two-thirds and allowed three earned runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out five. The damage all came with that aforementioned three-run bomb off the bat of Yandy Diaz.
Ray’s ERA for the season now sits at 2.72, slightly up from the 2.64 number he had after his excellent outing against these same Rays in Toronto last week. Cole is at 3.03, while Ray also leads in terms of strikeouts with 238 and innings pitched with 182.
It wasn’t a bad start for Ray, per se, as you have to tip your hat to the Rays, a very good team offensively, for their great approach, but the one worrying …
Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation