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Can Oakland Athletics’ Sonny Gray Win 2014 AL Cy Young?

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Well it’s looking possible. The green and gold are making progressions towards postseason play in much thanks to right-handed pitcher Sonny Gray.

The 24 year old had a strong Opening Day start when he allowed five hits and three walks while striking out seven batters, and earned his first career shutout against the Rangers at the end of April. And I can promise you, it won’t be his last. He now stands with a 2.10 ERA and a 5-1 record. He also has 52 strikeouts in 60 innings.

Zachary D. Rymer of Bleacher Report sees this young pitcher being awarded the American League Cy Young award.

That ERA ranks second in the AL behind reigning winner Max Scherzer, which is a good look. Also a good look is how Gray is surrounded on that leaderboard by heavyweights like Mark BuehrleMasahiro Tanakaand Yu Darvish. Gray looks slightly out of place in their company. 

He also describes Gray as having “nerves of steel.”

Oakland Athletics manager Bob Melvin told 95.7 The Game, Sonny Gray could be an ace for the green and gold:

He has the potential to, we don’t want to put that pressure on him, but we know what we think of him for Game 5 last year. He has the potential to do anything.

You can’t have anything less than agreement.

The AL Cy Young award has been held by Max Scherzer, Felix Hernandez, Justin Verlander, and Randy Johnson to name a few big names. Gray has more than enough skill and confidence on the bump to join the club of feared pitchers holding up the WWE-like belt above his head.

Don’t sleep on Gray. And keep the ridiculous puns to a minimum for the love of everything.

Photo: Kyle Terada/USA TODAY Sports

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Jessica Kleinschmidt

Jessica Kleinschmidt

Jessica is a sports writer with an obsession for baseball. You can catch her in the stands or in the media booth. She's the one with the big hair. In addition to Sportsnaut, Jessica has been featured on Bleacher Report, Fox Sports, and MLB Nation.