Rockies pitcher Jon Gray ignoring trade chatter: It would be “extremely rewarding” to win World Series here

If it was up to Rockies pitcher Jon Gray, he’d get one in Colorado.

Rockies pitcher Jon Gray ignoring trade chatter: It would be “extremely rewarding” to win World Series here

If it was up to Rockies pitcher Jon Gray, he’d get one in Colorado.

A championship, that is.

By the nature of the Rockies’ uninspiring season, and his contract status, the 6-foot-4 starter knows his name could get bandied about ahead of the July 30 trade deadline. And yet the 29-year-old, with a rare success-rate at Coors Field, is almost bullish about staying in Denver.

“I just see the value in that, like, winning really hasn’t happened here yet,” said Gray (4-6, 3.97 ERA) prior to Tuesday’s game against Pittsburgh. “It would be extremely cool to be a part of the first World Series (champion) in Colorado. … I think we have all the talent. I guess I just see, I don’t know if I’m aiming too high here, but I just think … I enjoy the challenge, and I think that that’s extremely rewarding if you can do it here.”

Gray is coming off one of his most productive starts of the season when he went five scoreless innings at Milwaukee and struck out 10. He is slated to pitch Wednesday against the Pirates.

“For me, it was just realizing, I can’t control anything,” he said when asked about compartmentalizing his play from the surrounding trade chatter. “I’m just gonna try to have the best time, every day in every situation and just enjoy all of it.”

Rockies manager Bud Black remembers having conversations as a player about potentially being dealt.

“It all boils down to the same thing,” Black said. “The noise that you hear, in most cases, it’s noise. There’s nothing really to it. There’s going to be a lot of rumors, gossip, innuendo out there. You cannot concern yourself with all that noise. Or it’s gonna affect your game that night.

“Most players are conditioned and hardened to trade deadlines, trade rumors in the wintertime, getting traded.”

If Gray eventually gets moved, he knows it’s out of his control. Yet when asked whether he could see Gray, a free agent at season’s end, being a fixture of the team moving forward, Black sounded more optimistic.

“I could see Jon being a Rockie (in the future),” Black said. “Jon can see himself being a Rockie, too. I can’t put words in his mouth. I can say that Jon likes being here, and I can see that happening.”

Freeland update: According to Black, Rockies pitcher Kyle Freeland is “feeling better” after leaving Monday’s game with a cramp in his right hamstring.

“I spoke to him earlier,” Black said. “At times he’s a man of few words. And I asked him, ‘Kyle, how you doing?’ He goes, ‘Good.’ So, I took that as a positive. … I think he’s going to be OK.

Black said Freeland was scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Wednesday.


On Deck

Pirates RHP Chad Kuhl (2-4, 5.05 ERA) vs. Rockies RHP Jon Gray (4-6, 3.97 ERA)

1:10 p.m., Wednesday, Coors Field

TV: AT&T SportsNet
Radio: KOA 850 AM/94.1 FM

Gray will take the mound Wednesday in his preferred comfort zone: Coors Field. At home, the 29-year-old is 4-2 with a 3.25 ERA. Away from Coors, he’s struggled with an 0-4 record in five starts and a 5.32 ERA. At altitude, opponents are hitting just .167 against him. In his last start, Gray fanned 10 in a no-decision against Milwaukee. Three starts ago, on May 29th, the Pirates roughed him up for three runs and four hits as Gray lasted just three innings. Kuhl was sitting on an 0-4 record before winning his last two starts (vs. Cleveland, at St. Louis). He’s allowed just two earned runs over his last 12 innings.

Trending: Outfielder Yonathan Daza is riding a 14-game home hitting streak, which is tied for the second-longest such streak in the NL this season. Daza’s flirted with .400 (.397) over the life of the streak, with 10 RBIs.

At issue: Before Monday’s 2-0 win over Pittsburgh, the Rockies’ bullpen had allowed runs in 10 consecutive games. They combined for four shutout innings in the home win, but their 5.42 bullpen ERA is the second-highest in the majors.

Pitching probable

Thursday: Rockies RHP Antonio Senzatela (2-7, 4.76 ERA) vs. Cardinals RHP Adam Wainwright (6-5, 3.59 ERA) 6:40 p.m., ATTRM