For a pitcher, he actually showed some wheels. It will be a daunting task to pitch around a pair of MVP candidates in center fielder Charlie Blackmon and third basemen Nolan Arenado. "(Wednesday) was my first time coming out of the bullpen since 2014".
The Arizona Diamondbacks have responded to reports that assistant coach Ariel Prieto was spotted wearing an Apple Watch during Wednesday's Wild Card game against Colorado. The victor plays the Dodgers in the Division Series starting on Friday in Los Angeles.
That is, they were 11-8 against the Dodgers, which is about as much as anyone can "own " a 104-win team. Is Gray ready to match Grienke? But when when we think about this game in the future, Bradley will be the first man we think of. "I enjoy feeling pressure", Lovullo said. Additionally, Greinke hasn't posted significantly strong numbers during the final month of the season, going 1-1 with a 3.90 ERA, 1.07 WHIP, and 8.1 K/9 while allowing 26 H, 13 ER, 5 HR, 6 BB, and 27 K in 30.0 IP - not exactly the numbers you'd expect from two-time MLB ERA leader and Cy Young Winner. The Rockies led the NL in runs and the D-backs were fourth, but with Greinke and Gray on the mound, this could be a low-scoring game. Only Ubaldo Jimenez's 14-game streak in 2010 is better.
"Right away, all hell broke loose", Colorado manager Bud Black said, "and from then on, it was a heavyweight fight".
"It's tough emotionally, " Gray said. "I really want to be good for the guys behind me in a big situation". Like Rocky, these Rockies are more than the sum total of the judges' scorecard on one night. Arizona got off to a 6-1 start and was 44-26 on June 18 after a seven-game winning streak.
If we had offered that very result to the Diamondbacks before the play, they would have had a hard time turning it down. We're good. I could see him turn that corner and pull a hamstring sliding. I've seen him add to that belief and that trust in himself.
Now that the Yankees have secured a spot in the ALDS, it's time to decide which National League Wild Card team will earn the right to compete against the Dodgers later this week. He's learned and he's followed as well as anybody I've ever met.
Zack Greinke, ARI (17-7, 3.20): Former Cy Young victor has pitched against the Rockies five times this season with a 2-1 record. Zack Greinke, Wednesday's starter, did not pitch well down the stretch, and Goldschmidt ended the season in an 0-for-17 skid.
While Gray may not be a household name, he is a bulldog, and the Colorado Rockies will go as far as he can carry them.
Even the most casual of baseball fans has likely heard Jon Gray's name in passing.
On April 5, 2016, at Chase Field, Story became the first player in major-league history to hit two home runs in an opening-day debut.
"The consensus among all the hitters I've spoken to, and hitting people I've spoken to, is ground balls are bad, fly balls are good, line drives are good", Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto told Travis Sawchik of FanGraphs back in May.
The pattern was similar each night - get home from a game, think about it, watch movies or TV until around 3 a.m. and fitfully fall asleep only to wake up exhausted.