July 26, 2021

2019 Arizona Diamondbacks Reviews: #13, Robbie Ray (AZ Snakepit)


RATING: 6.75

AGE: 27

2019 STATS: 33 GS, 174.1 IP, 4.34 ERA, 4.29 FIP, xFIP 3.76, 103 ERA+, 1.5 bWAR, 2.4 fWAR, 12.1 K/9, 4.3 BB/9, 1.5 HR/9

2019 SALARY: $6,050,000

2020 STATUS: Arbitration 3 ($10,800,000)


Introduction

Fans of the Arizona Diamondbacks need no introduction to Robbie Ray at this point. 2019 was Ray’s fifth season with the club, having been acquired, along with Domingo Leyba, in a three-team trade in which the Diamondbacks parted ways with Didi Gregorius. Since then, Robbie Ray has been the source of both great anticipation and wonder as well as great frustration. When Ray is on, he is one of the most dominant strikeout pitchers in all of baseball and can carve up opposing lineups in spectacular fashion. When he is having a rough outing, he can struggle to complete five innings of work before throwing 100 pitches during which he will still strike out six or seven, but then also walk four and allow a handful of hits. While the potential to dominate continues to exist, so does the propensity to get lit up. It isn’t even as if he is more prone to one than the other, making it even harder to know what to expect on a game-to-game baiss. Sure, for the season one…

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