Gray among best since his debut

Sonny Gray continues to impress.

Gray outpitched Yu Darvish and earned his first career shutout, beating the Texas Rangers 4-0 on Monday night.

Gray is the first Oakland Athletics pitcher to shut out the Rangers since (new "Baseball Tonight" analyst) Dallas Braden in 2010.

His shutout lowered the team's ERA to an AL-best 2.85. The Athletics moved one game ahead of the Rangers for the AL West lead.

Best ERA since July 10, 2013
Date of Sonny Gray MLB debut

Gray lowered his career ERA to 2.31. That rates best in the American League since the date of his major league debut (July 10).

The pitcher who entered the day with the best ERA in the league was Gray’s mound opponent on Monday, Darvish.

How he won

The fastball and curveball accounted for 97 of Gray’s 108 pitches, and each fared very well. Gray got 13 outs with his heater and 12 outs with his hook, yielding only two baserunners with each pitch.

Sonny Gray


Gray threw 28 of his 37 curveballs for strikes. His 76 percent strike rate with that pitch was the best in a game for his career.

Gray also excelled at finishing off Rangers hitters, who were 0-for-12 with a walk against him in two-strike counts. Eight of those outs came against his curveball.

The curveball has been the putaway pitch for Gray since his debut. His 63 strikeouts with it rank tied with Ivan Nova for third most in the majors since his recall, trailing only A.J. Burnett's 98 and Adam Wainwright's 73.

View from the other side: Darvish rocked

Darvish allowed four runs and six hits in 3⅓ innings, the shortest start of his major league career.

Darvish has lost seven straight decisions against the Athletics since winning his first start against them. He’s 1-7 with a 4.73 ERA against the Athletics, 29-12 with a 3.09 ERA against everyone else.