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When the Texas Rangers signed Jon Gray to a 4 year $56 million contract, expectations were immediately placed on him to become the rotation leader. 

Gray was coming into a rotation in which three of the five starters had combined less than four years of service time. 

The Rangers and Gray figured that getting him out of the Rockies’ home of Coors Field would lead to success. According to ESPN’s park factors, last season Coors Field ranked in the top five for most hits, runs, and doubles given up per stadium. 

Unfortunately, his first few weeks as a Ranger did not go as planned. Gray found himself on the injured list twice, both for non-serious injuries. One was a blister on the middle finger suffered on Opening Day in Toronto. The other, being a small knee injury. 

However, recently, Gray has been lights out.

In his last six starts, Jon Gray is…

3-1

2.39 ERA

37.2 IP

44 K

12 BB

.195 BA

.541 OPS 

Those absolute lights-out numbers are what the Rangers expected when they signed Gray back in the winter. 

Gray is finally able to find his grove because of the fact that he is staying healthy. Moving into a new team is already tough as it is, but when you can’t make two starts in a row it makes it much tougher. 

You can definitely tell that Gray is feeling more confident when he takes the mound. Jon Gray is someone who wears his emotions and body language on his sleeve. Not quite the Mike Foltynewicz type, although I wouldn’t say we need that type again.

The Rangers’ newly acquired righty has been showcasing confidence this year by,  moving with pace on the mound and mixing pitches well to keep hitters off-balance. 

Gray features a fastball that can touch 97-98 MPH, a slider, a curveball, and a changeup. He has been showcasing a good mix of all pitches but his best pitch, however, has been his wideout slider.

When Gray gets ahead in the count, his slider, which he uses 34.3 % of the time, is his go-to put-away pitch.

Chris Woodward said, “ The slider’s wipe out when he’s putting it where he wants it, there are not too many guys who can put a good swing on it”

Whether it’s because of his pitch mixing or confidence building, Jon Gray is locked in right now. Certainly, the Rangers and their fans hope he can keep it up.

 

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