Ray – who is 9-5 with a 2.72 ERA and a 1.02 WHIP on the season – has heard the chatter and is honored that his name is being discussed alongside Gerrit Cole and Lance Lynn, between others.
“To be mentioned with the same guys consistently mentioned at the top of this list is a huge honor,” Ray said in an appearance on Sportsnet 590 Friday on The FAN’s. Baseball center.
“I don’t really focus on personal distinctions. Go out every time, try to win every throw, score zeros for my team. Everything fell into place. “
The 29-year-old has spent a lot of time working with Blue Jays pitching coach Pete Walker during the offseason, improving his command and control to reduce his steps and home runs.
The result is a season where he is first among AL pitchers in bWAR (5.5) and strikeouts (192), and second in ERA and WHIP. His team record (for a southpaw) with 14 strikeouts against the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday is part of an impressive August where Ray posted a 1.59 ERA over 34 innings.
Ray joined the Blue Jays on the 2020 trade deadline from the Arizona Diamondbacks, disappointing this season with a 2-5 record and a 6.62 ERA.
He is set to become an unrestricted free agent in the offseason and is set to sign another lucrative contract given his performance in 2021. However, the starting pitcher is only focused on the present, doing whatever he can to secure the Blue Jays. . in the playoffs.
“I only focus on one game at a time,” said Ray. “Everything about free agency will fall into place, as long as I put zeros in and give my team a chance to win. “