Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Hello… Sonny Gray’s Final Chance



Good morning Yankees family and welcome back to the blog. Guess what day it is… guess what day it is… it’s Sonny Gray Day!!! I’m more excited for hump day if I am being honest, but that time has come again where Sonny Gray gets to take the mound for the New York Yankees. Now, I know that makes some people’s breakfast and coffee want to come back up, but I am not one of those people. I predicted that Gray would be the ace of the team before the season in my bold predictions post and while that couldn’t be further from the truth, I do truly believe that he still has time to turn it all around. How can I be so confident?

Remember the 1998 Yankees that won 114 games en route to the World Series? That team was dominant, much more dominant than this 2018 version of the team, but even that team had its flaws. Enter Hideki Irabu in his second season with the Yankees. Irabu pitched to a 4.06 ERA that season with more than a few clunkers along the way including a five start stretch in late August and into September that saw the right-hander give up seven, four, eight, six and five runs respectively in consecutive starts. Ouch.

I am not expecting this team to be the 1998 team, but I am still expecting a World Series championship out of this team. If the 1998 team and Irabu can do it, so can the 2018 Yankees and Sonny Gray. And if he doesn’t, especially tonight against the Baltimore Orioles, the worst team in the Major Leagues here in 2018, then this may be the last time we see Gray starting for the Yankees for a while. The Yankees weren’t afraid to send Luis Severino to the bullpen to gain his confidence back and figure it out, and they shouldn’t be afraid to do it with Sonny Gray either.

Sonny Gray’s final chance tonight, and you are my final love. My everything. I love you Kari.

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