We know that Gray has been working in the offseason on throwing cutters. But we also know that Gray’s sliders were some of his best pitches last season along with his curveball. In September of 2022, Gray’s main fastball was his sinker that he started throwing towards the end of the season. The sinker had better analytics than the 4-seamer. If Gray can come through Spring Training with more effective pitches, that would be a positive. Spring Training is about getting ready for the regular season. Players will try certain new mechanics and approaches, and in Gray’s case it is new mechanics and a new pitch. You might notice that today’s lineup could be something you might see in the opening week at least in eight of the spots in the lineup. This particular lineup has Jake Alu in there at second base and Luis Garcia with the day off. Maybe if you homer off of Max Scherzer you earn a day of rest and relaxation the next day in Spring Training.
StatCast reclassified every one of Josiah Gray‘s sliders to cutters. Now I’m really confused. Did he ditch his really good slider now? Please tell us what’s going on @JGrayy_ Yes, some of those were cutters. pic.twitter.com/jWak2pZDM8— Talk Nats (@TalkNats) March 2, 2023
St. Louis Cardinals vs. Washington Nationals Stadium: The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches; West Palm Beach, Florida 1st Pitch: 1:05 pm EDT TV: N/A Radio: Nationals Radio and the MLB app
Line-up subject to change (without notice):
Nearly an Opening Day lineup with Jake Alu for Luis Garcia. https://t.co/aQRPk9bzXM— Talk Nats (@TalkNats) March 4, 2023