Cardinals Name Newcomer Sonny Gray Their Opening Day Starter

Sonny Gray with the Minnesota Twins in August 2023
Sonny Gray with the Minnesota Twins in August 2023. Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI/Shutterstock (14040235p)

The St. Louis Cardinals manager Oliver Marmol announced earlier this week that All-Star righty Sonny Gray will be the team’s Opening Day starter. Gray joined the Cardinals in November, inking a three-year, $75 million contract. 

When he makes his debut for the franchise against the Los Angeles Dodgers on March 28, Gray will become the first Cardinals pitcher to debut as a starter on the Opening Day since 2008 and Kyle Lohse.

“It’s a tremendous honor, to be honest with you, and I don’t take that lightly at all,” said Gray via MLB. “I’ve been fortunate enough to do it a few times in my career, and I’ve enjoyed every single one of them. I appreciate the opportunity and what that shows.”

Gray joined the Cardinals after a standout 2023 season with the Minnesota Twins. He made 32 starts, finishing the campaign with an 8-8 record, 2.79 ERA, and 183 strikeouts. Gray received his third All-Star nod while finishing second in the voting for the AL Cy Young Award.

Sonny Gray made his MLB debut in 2013 with the Oakland Athletics and later played for the New York Yankees, Cincinnati Reds, and Twins. He has a career record of 98–85 as a starter with a 3.47 ERA and 1,521 strikeouts.