Oakland Athletics’ manager Bob Melvin made a startling announcement this morning that rocked the East Bay! …. Ok, really it was a pretty obvious and mundane announcement but it’s still exciting! It means that Opening Day is closer than ever!
Melvin announced that 25-year-old Sonny Gray will be the A’s Opening Day starter at home against the Texas Rangers on April 6. If this shocks you then you have never heard of baseball or …. well, yep. That’s it.
Gray was the obvious choice for the start. He led the staff during the first half of last season when the A’s had the number one record record in all of baseball.
Named Pitcher of the Month in both July and May in 2014, the 24-year-old who’d just barely exceeded his rookie limits in 2013 went 14-10 in 33 starts and 219.1 innings for the A’s last season. He posted a 3.08 ERA and pitched not one, but two complete game shutouts.
Gray is 19-13 in his brief big league career with a 2.99 ERA. Besides, Gray is the type that excels in big game scenarios as Melvin said,
“He’s made for this. He loves spotlight games.”
That couldn’t be more true. Despite losing one game and getting a no-decision in the second, Gray, then a rookie, faced off against the Detroit Tigers’ Justin Verlander in games one and five of the 2013 American League Division Series and held the offense heavy Tigers to three runs in both games while striking out 12 batters.
I’m sure there’s no one else A’s fans would want on the mound their first time back to O.Co Coliseum than Sonny Gray! As A’s fans know “It’s AlwAys Sonny in OAklAnd!” 😀