New York Yankees: Why Sonny Gray Should Get Another Shot

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 21: Sonny Gray #55 of the New York Yankees looks on during the game against the New York Mets at Yankee Stadium on July 21, 2018 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Rob Tringali/SportsChrome/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 21: Sonny Gray #55 of the New York Yankees looks on during the game against the New York Mets at Yankee Stadium on July 21, 2018 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Rob Tringali/SportsChrome/Getty Images) /
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Sonny Gray hasn't been all that bad for the Yankees.
NEW YORK, NY – AUGUST 01: Sonny Gray #55 of the New York Yankees speaks to the media prior to a game against the Detroit Tigers at Yankee Stadium on August 1, 2017 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) /

Sonny Gray: The Good

Pretend you’re a vulture flying 30,000 feet over ground. You look down for food to eat, but you don’t wan’t the bad stuff. From a distance, Gray’s stats (4.90 ERA / 4.17 FIP / 1.496 WHIP) don’t seem all that appetizing, right?

There are plenty of other guys more ripe for the picking.

Then, you start to descend because from that high above, everything kinda looks the same. Now, you have a closer look at the landscape. You spot Sonny Gray again, and this time you see that Gray is no better and no worse than league average (LgAVG) in the following categories:

  • K/9 – 8.5
  • HR/FB – 13%

You descend even closer now because this Sonny Gray character isn’t looking quite as bad as you thought, but you’re not sure. To your surprise, it turns out Gray is actually better than league average in the these categories:

  • W-L% – Gray: .550 / LgAVG: .530
  • HR/9 – Gray: 1 / LgAVG: 1.2
  • GB% – Gray: 50% / LgAVG: 43%

You can’t believe what you’re seeing, so you return to your group – your flock of vultures, if you will – and you rehash the past. You recall all of the mediocre players you’ve picked off, swallowed and spit out because the taste was so bad.

Comparatively, Gray’s ($7.7M w/ the Yankees) atrocious 2018 season – 4.90 ERA / 4.17 FIP / 1.496 WHIP – was actually better than some of those other guys you exerted so much energy to obtain.

  • Kei Igawa (5-years, $20M) – 6.66 ERA / 6.19 FIP / 1.758 WHIP
  • Hideki Irabu (3-years, $8.4M) – 4.80 ERA / 4.97 FIP / 1.405 WHIP
  • Jaret Wright (2-years, $13.3M) – 4.99 ERA / 4.60 FIP / 1.603 WHIP
  • Kenny Rogers (2-years, $10M) – 5.11 ERA / 4.94 FIP / 1.497 WHIP
  • Carl Pavano (4-years, $39.95M) – 5.00 ERA / 4.95 FIP / 1.455 WHIP

You decide that it is worth your time to give this Sonny Gray a chance, but first you decide to take an even closer look.

End of metaphor.