Sonny Gray's season and a half with the Yankees did not go as planned.
In 34 regular season starts as a Yankee, Gray struggled to find consistency, pitching to a 4.51 ERA with a WHIP of 1.416. Gray eventually lost his spot in the starting rotation, and never seemed to be comfortable pitching in Yankee Stadium, where he had a 7.71 ERA during the 2018 season.
The right-hander was traded to the Reds prior to this season, and it seems as if he's turned things around during his first season in Cincinnati.
After starting the year with an 0-4 record, Gray is now 10-6 with a 2.75 ERA. On Thursday, he pitched six innings of one-run ball as the Reds went on the beat the Phillies 4-3 in 11 innings.
Gray is now assembling one of the better pitching seasons by a Red in recent years, as he is now on pace to join Johnny Cueto (2011 and 2014) as the only Reds pitchers to post an ERA lower than 2.75 in the last 25 seasons.
The Yankees' rotation has had its ups and downs in 2019, and Gray has now even pitched himself into the NL Cy Young conversation. His ERA is the fourth best in the National League, and is lower than that of the Mets' Jacob deGrom (2.76). His 1.10 WHIP is also 10th among NL pitchers, but his hits allowed per nine innings (6.46) is the best in the NL.
Gray has certainly rebounded from his tough times in pinstripes.