The Colorado Rockies opening day starter for the 2018 season, Jon Gray, was demoted to Triple-A Albuquerque five days ago.
Gray has had a rough start to the season holding a 7-7 record with a 5.77 ERA in 17 starts.
“I think that I thought that I had to be so perfect with everything to make everything right, and really it’s not that. I just need to let my athletic ability take over and just keep it simple,” said Gray.
Gray has had his struggles, but he has also shown signs of greatness this season. Gray has recorded 119 strikeouts, which is the 13th best in baseball. Gray doesn’t seem too rattled by the demotion though, in fact he believes that he needed this to get better.
“Well it’s something that I kind of knew I needed. Obviously, the results weren’t there, there was a lot of good stuff that happened, but there was enough bad,” said Gray.
Gray seems to be in a good place both mentally and physically at the moment, but he does understand the task that is at hand and that is to have some good starts and get back with the Rockies.
“I do feel loose, I don’t feel like kind of relaxed or that I am comfortable or anything,” said Gray. “You know, I still want to go out and have a certain type of aggression. I don’t know how many starts they want me to make, but you know I will do as many as I need just to get back to throwing the ball and feeling good about it.”
Jon Gray is slated to get his next start with the Isotopes on Sunday as they play El Paso at 6:05 p.m.