Gray gave up five runs in five innings as the Yankees lost in consecutive games for the first time since early April.
His nine hits allowed were a season high. The A’s three-run third inning, in which Gray gave up homers in an 0-2 count to Khris Davis (solo) and a 3-1 count to Matt Chapman (a two-run blast), was Gray’s lowest point.
Only one rare occasions has Gray resembled the pitcher the Yankees thought they were getting when they sent three MLB.com top 100 prospects to Oakland for Gray last July.
Gray had a career 3.45 ERA in five seasons in Oakland, making an All-Star game and finishing third in the Cy Young in 2015.
After giving up just two runs in six innings in each of his last two starts, Boone hoped Gray was turning a corner. He hoped that Austin Romine, officially his personal catcher, was one of the catalysts.
But Romine was behind the plate Friday and it didn’t appear to make much of a difference.
Meanwhile, his father says Tuesday’s announcement ticks on box for his son.
“Ryan had two goals going into the year — a Pro Bowl and a Super Bowl,” Vernon said. “He’s been able to check one off the list. He’s hoping to check the next one off.”
Based on this year’s draft, which veterans are in grave danger? That was the subject of Tuesday’s PFT Live draft.
Check out the choices below, and then chime in with your thoughts on where we were right and where we were wrong. As if you need to be encouraged on the latter.
Rob Gronkowski ’s contract situation was in the news again this week, and I’ll reiterate something I said a couple weeks ago.
I wouldn’t be surprised if the player and team are waiting until May 24 to push something over the proverbial goal line.
That’s the one-year anniversary of Gronk’s last restructure, and after that date the rules loosen considerably on the hoops the sides have to jump through to give the All-Pro a raise.
“I can’t wait to whip up on you twice this year, and the next year and the next year and the next year after that,” Kahlil said he told Reggie, via Adam Teicher of ESPN.com. “We’re a competitive family [by] nature. We compete in everything we do. This just adds one more ripple into that. We’re all excited for it. I’m excited to get to Kansas City and just help the Chiefs . . . whoop up on the Raiders [and] whoop up on the rest of the NFL.”