The Cleveland Indians witnessed it first-hand over the weekend, and would love to stuff him in their overhead compartment Wednesday afternoon when they fly home from the Bay Area after a week-long stay. The Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers can line up their playoff rotations now, with a chance to actually celebrate their division titles in August, but without him, their World Series droughts may continue. The Milwaukee Brewers, who got a gut-punch when the Chicago Cubs spent their All-Star break landing Jose Quintana from the Chicago White Sox, now have a chance to deliver their own right cross to the jaw. The name is Sonny Gray, property of the Oakland Athletics, who’s looming as the biggest difference-maker at this year’s Major League Baseball trade deadline. A year ago, the Cubs and Indians made their big moves by acquiring relievers Aroldis Chapman and Andrew Miller, and riding them right through Game 7 of the World Series. Gray could be that man this year. Teams are ignoring Gray’s injury history, 10-15 record and 4.86 ERA the last 1½ years, and focusing on what he’s doing lately, yielding a 1.33 ERA the last four starts. When you can throw a 94-mph fastball, 90-mph slider, two curveballs for strikes, and are under club control through the 2019 season, you tend to get a lot of attention.
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