As many thought, the Oakland Athletics have named Sonny Gray their opening day starter. Gray will toe the rubber against the Cleveland Indians. That makes Gray the 9th different opening day starter in as many years. He will look to break the unfortunate Streak Oakland has going of losing on opening day for the past few years.
Had Parker not been injured, he would have most likely been named the opening night starter. Gray is just as capable however, and might have taken away from Parker anyways. He pitches like a true ace, and has a long promising career ahead of him. Gray may only be 24, but when he’s on the mound he conducts himself like a veteran; calm, conducted, and concentrated.
Gray was given the nod for game 5 of the ALDS over Bartolo Colon, which shows the confidence that they have in him. He showed how good of a pitcher he is last year, and the Athletics are hoping that he will continue that success in 2014. The Impact of choosing Gray is that ultimately the A’s will end up winning their home opener for the first time in a while. It will be a good way to kick the season off with some good momentum, and a strong start in April is vital to the A’s winning their division, because they play all division opponents with exception of the Indians and Twins.
If Gray does well, it will give the team confidence and momentum that can hopefully travel through the rotation, giving the Athletics an early need in the division. It all rests on Sonny Gray to get the team going early on with a strong pitching performance.