Yankees RHP Sonny Gray has been a pinata for opposing hitters for most of this season, and could be in danger of losing his spot in the starting rotation.
Gray, who has a 12.27 ERA (15 earned runs in 11 innings) over his last three starts, toes the rubber on Wednesday night when the Yankees battle the Orioles. Overall, Gray has a 5.85 ERA and 1.57 WHIP in 17 starts this season.
"It's easy to get down in the dumps and walk around with your head down," Gray said after his most recent start. "I need to stay positive and continue to put in the work, and hopefully turn this thing around. That's all I can really do at this point, is continue to put in the work and continue to try to find the solution."
Yankees manager Aaron Boone said last week that Gray was remaining in the rotation, but didn't offer any assurances beyond Wednesday night's start.
"I think he can right it in the rotation," Boone said. "I do feel like it's one of those things that can click for him. One good start can lead to another and it can start to snowball like we've seen at times this year. We've got to help him get there in every way."
The Yankees acquired Gray from the A's last July -- choosing to deal a lesser package for him instead of going after Justin Verlander. Verlander landed with the Astros, who eliminated the Yankees in the ALCS.