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Jon Gray convinced he was tipping pitches in Rangers’ blowout to Mets

(Jim Cowsert-USA TODAY Sports)

 

ARLINGTON — Jon Gray walked into the Rangers’ clubhouse Monday night to face the media, and he was actually in a mood to talk.

He allowed nine earned runs, tying the most in his career, in three-plus innings after delivering nine straight starts with two earned runs or fewer allowed.

Something was fishy at Globe Life Field as the Mets rolled to a 14-2 victory to open a three-game series.

Gray is convinced that he was tipping his pitches.

“My stuff was really good,” Gray said. “I don’t care how nasty it is, I don’t care if it’s 110 mph, if they know what’s coming, they know what’s coming.”

The Mets scored once in the first after Francisco Lindor started the game with a single. Two flares later in the inning brought in Lindor, but Gray and the Rangers were down only 1-0.

“It did seem they were putting a lot of stuff in play that didn’t seem normal to me,” Gray said. “But the second inning, absolutely.”

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The second inning went single, strikeout, single, single, single, flyout to the center-field wall, single, three-run homer. The exit velocities on the balls in play were 109.5 mph, 102.2, 99.9, 93.3, 103.5, 98.7, 104.8 and 91.7.

Manager Bruce Bochy might have been playing politician when he said that Gray left too many pitches over the middle. Bochy acknowledged that the Rangers would review the video to see if that was something Gray was doing.

There was, Gray believes, but he and pitching coach Mike Maddux couldn’t identify it in the moment and are still studying.

“I tried to do a lot of different things just to throw them off, but it still seemed like they knew what was coming,” Gray said. “It’s a shame. That’s baseball, right?”

Gray entered the game with a 2.17 ERA and was making his second start since coming off the injured list June 8. He said that he and the team will figure out what he was doing to tip his pitches and then move on.

But it wasn’t sitting well with him.

“It’s as easy as if the next time the other team doesn’t know what’s coming, I’ll be fine,” Gray said. “In a perfect world, everyone would come to the ballpark and play the best ball they could play.”

 

Jeff Wilson, jeff@rangerstoday.com

Jeff Wilson

Sports reporter for two decades. Sports fan for life. Covers the Texas Rangers. Graduate of TCU. Colorado native. Author of Purple Passion: TCU Football Legends (https://t.co/2fmXLyympx). Follow me on Twitter at @JeffWilsonTXR

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