After winning his first career Cy Young award following absolutely dominant 2018 campaign, Blake Snell struggled through the 2019 season dealing with injuries and inconsistency. In April, he fractured a toe moving furniture in his house and underwent surgery in July to remove loose bodies from his elbow.
He returned from the procedure in time for the playoffs and made three appearances in the ALDS. He recorded his first career save and threw a total of 5.1 innings. He struck out seven and walked none, surrendering his only run to a solo shot. During his outings against the Astros, Snell looked as if he had found the formula to his 2018 success and if that is the case, 2020 could be another special season.
- 23 GS // 107 IP
- 4.29 ERA // 3.32 ERA // 1.271 WHIP // 104 ERA+
The interesting thing about Snell’s 2019 numbers compared to those from 2018 is that his strikeout per nine rate actually went up last season. But, while his stuff may have been even more devastating last season, his hits per nine rate also went up.
If he could return to his 2018 form, the 2020 rotation could be really special. With Charlie Morton, an improved Blake Snell, and a healthy Tyler Glasnow toeing the rubber three out of every five days, the Rays chances of winning are exponentially better.
With this in mind, let’s hope that Snell comes out firing in 2020 just as he did when he closed out Game 4 of the ALDS.