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Blake Snell gave up 2 earned runs in 4 innings pitched in the Padres' loss to the Rockies in the second game of a double-header on Wednesday. Snell struck out 7 and walked 3 in the outing.
Snell continued to show on Wednesday that he is struggling with his command. It has been his glaring flaw so far this season, as he now ranks in the bottom 10 percent of the league in walk rate. Until Snell shows that he has found some control over his repertoire, he should be a matchup dependent starter in shallower formats. In deeper leagues, managers should still be throwing Snell out there for every start -- you'll just have to hold your breath and hope Snell figures something out or works himself out of trouble in each outing.
Blake Snell gave up 4 earned runs in 4.2 innings pitched in the Padres' loss to the Giants on Friday. Snell struck out 5 and walked 6 in the outing.
It's never a good sign when a pitcher walks more batters than he strikes out in a game. Snell continued to struggle with his command on Friday, giving up 6 walks in only 4.2 innings. Snell's ERA is now above 4 on the year, and he has yet to pitch through the sixth inning in an outing. Snell now has seven starts on the season, so it may be time to consider only pitching Snell in favorable matchups until he can prove he has his command under control.
Blake Snell gave up 2 earned runs in 5 innings pitched in the Padres' win over the Giants on Saturday. Snell struck out 6 and walked 3 in the outing.
The good news is that Snell managed to get his first win of the season on Saturday. The bad news is that Snell failed to pitched through the sixth inning for the sixth consecutive start, and has not done so yet this year. Snell walked three in his five innings, and once again struggled with his command, making 91 pitches in 5 innings. Snell did limit the damage done by his walks, and his ERA is now down to 3.51 on the year. That being said, we're getting to the point where Snell's walk rate is a concern. If his walk rate were to remain steady through the end of the season, he would post the highest walk rate of his career. Snell will get another start against San Francisco this week, and fantasy managers should feel comfortable starting him again against the weak Giants lineup in the pitcher friendly Oracle Park.
Blake Snell gave up 2 earned runs in 5.1 innings pitched in the Padres' loss to the Dodgers on Saturday. Snell struck out 7 and walked 2 in the outing.
Snell now has a 3.92 ERA and 1.45 WHIP. He's striking out 13.50 batters per nine innings, which is well above average. His walk rate is well below average. He has yet to pitch through the sixth inning in a game this year. All of this is to say that 'solid' is an appropriate way to describe what Snell has been to fantasy managers to this point in the season. The issue with Snell just being 'solid' is that most fantasy managers didn't draft him to be a middle of the road starter for their team. Many were expecting a possible top-20 performance in Snell's first year in San Diego. It's obviously still early, but Snell needs to get his command under control if he's going to yield the fantasy results that many expected. The Padres are entering an easy part of their schedule, and Snell will likely have two starts against the Giants and two starts against the Rockies in his next four outings.
Blake Snell gave up 2 earned runs in 5 innings pitched in the Padres' win over the Dodgers on Sunday. Snell struck out 7 in the outing and walked 2.
Snell was solid in his start against a loaded Dodgers' lineup on Sunday. Snell once again failed to record an out later than the 5th inning -- a feat he has yet to accomplish this season. Still, Snell was much improved from his last start when he didn't make it out of the first inning. Snell's strikeout rate continues to be very good this year, but he needs to improve on his walk rate to yield the returns his fantasy managers expected when they drafted him. Until Snell gets his command under control, his walks and innings pitched will continue to be a concern in the fantasy world. Snell's next start should come against the Dodgers later this week. Although Snell has another tough matchup this week, fantasy managers shouldn't panic as Snell should have starts in May against the Giants, Rockies, Cardinals, and Mariners.