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    ZEN LABORATORY: Dealing With an Uncertain Crunch Time

     by Lawr Michaels

    Last Sunday I got an email from my friend Tim  McLeod of RotoRob, asking me what to do about Sonny Gray, the fine Oakland pitcher who has indeed taken the same lumps as his team.

    During the off-season, I was a huge proponent of Gray, noting he threw strikes, kept the ball down, and who kept his pitch count down. In fact, I was pushing Gray over the likes of Gerritt Cole and Michael Wacha, because both of his control and delivery, figuring the chance he damages his precious wing became damaged.

    Tim has Sonny on his team, and he was looking to me for support, asking should he bench the struggling starter, who was 5-0, 1.03 in July, 1-4, 4.38 in August, and thus far 0-2, 5.04 in September.

    Like the Athletics, …

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