Where did the image of Cy Young’s ace go?

The Seattle Mariners announced on the 27th (Korean time) that Robbie Ray (31) is out for the season due to left arm flexor surgery.

After recording 4 hits, 5 walks and 5 runs (3 earned) in 3 1/3 innings against the Cleveland Guardians on the 1st, Ray was robbed and was placed on the injured list (IL) after complaining of elbow pain. The club conducted a reexamination of Ray, and as a result, damage to his elbow tendon was confirmed, and he was put on the operating table.

After debuting with the Detroit Tigers in 2014, Ray emerged as the team ace in 2017 after moving to the Arizona Diamondbacks. At the time, he led the team to the postseason with a 15-5 record with a 2.89 earned run average. However, despite his good pitches, he had problems with his pitches every time, and after that, he fell into sluggishness again and became an ordinary pitcher.

He was resurrected in 2021. Ray, who went to the Toronto Blue Jays in a trade in 2020, overcame the pitching challenge with aggressive pitching. He recorded a 13-7 record with an earned run average of 2.84 and 248 strikeouts, achieving first place in earned run average, strikeouts, and innings pitched, and became the American League Cy Young Award winner.

After the end of the 2021 season, a great contract came to him who became a free agent (FA). Seattle gave him 115 million dollars (153.9 billion won) over 5 years. It was a result that Ray, who had fallen into a long slump, had achieved through one year of activity.

The first year after transfer was not bad. In 32 appearances last year, he went 12-12 with a 3.71 earned run average. He wasn’t quite what he was when he won the Cy Young Award, but he was consistently a part of the team rotation. ㅋㅋㅋ벳

But he didn’t finish well. In the first game of the division series against the Houston Astros in the postseason, Ray took the mound as a finishing pitcher to keep a two-point lead at the end of the ninth inning, but in a two-out situation, he allowed Jordan Alvarez a three-run four to end the game, giving him the victory. It was a three-run four to end the comeback in the bottom of the ninth inning, which was the first in the long MLB postseason history.

This season, the second year of his contract, he had to recover his stigma, but he was on the injured table after only one game, and he could not play the whole season anymore. Ray’s contract has three more years left.

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