Oakland Athletics Roundup: Sonny Gray’s Cy Young Chances; Return of Jeff Samardzija

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Oakland Athletics Roundup: Friday, November 13


It’s just a few short days until the baseball world decides who is worthy of taking home the 2015 Cy Young honors. One of the three finalists is Oakland Athletics ace Sonny Gray, who will face off against Houston Astros pitcher Dallas Keuchel, as well as David Price.

Price is looking for his second Cy Young award, having won in 2012 while pitching for the Tampa Bay Rays. In 2015, he started the year with the Detroit Tigers before being flipped to the Toronto Blue Jays at the trade deadline. He put on a fantastic show, finishing the year with a 18-5 record and a 2.45 ERA in 32 games and 220.1 innings. Price also struck out 225 batters.

Keuchel had a 20-8 record and a 2.48 ERA, but he pitched more than Price – 232 innings in 33 games. He struck out 216 batters, which is also inferior to Price. However, Keuchel’s story is a lot more compelling. He went from posting an ERA north of 5.00 in 2012 and 2013 to being one of the best pitchers in the league for the past two seasons.

At the bottom of that pack is Gray. Being named a finalist is still an honor, but his last month of the season really did him in as a candidate. Gray has just a 14-7 record and a 2.73 ERA. He barely topped 200 innings, with 208 over 31 games, and he struck out only 169 batters. It’s hard to foresee any way that Gray can top Keuchel and Price in this contest, despite his stellar season.

A’s fans, of course, will still be rooting for Gray. But realistically, his chances don’t seem all that great, given the kinds of seasons that his competitors had in 2015.

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