Blake Snell is not having nearly the same season as last year. Things got worse when it was reported that Snell will have elbow surgery. The surgery is to remove loose bodies in his left elbow. While the Rays expect Snell to pitch again this season, he will be out for at least four weeks.
Blake Snell Injury: Impact On Tampa Bay
This is a big deal. The Tampa Bay Rays are right in the thick of the American League Wild Card race and Snell, while not pitching at nearly the same level this season, is a huge piece of that team.
His ERA has dropped to 4.28 this season, which is far off from the gaudy 1.98 ERA he had last season in his Cy Young-winning season.
However, in his last four starts, Snell has posted an ERA of 1.64 and the team has won each of those games. So Snell is starting to pitch at the level that he did last season, and now he will have to deal with this.
It’s good that Snell has at least said he will pitch again this season. The worry, however, is what level he’ll be at when he comes back. Tampa Bay needs him if they are going to make the postseason. Having Snell on the mound is great, but if he is nowhere near himself, how much of an impact will that have?
On top of that, they will have to go a month without him. If he does come back what playoff position will they be in? Those are big concerns.
Not only does Tampa now have to cover for Snell, but Tyler Glasnow is not expected back until late August at the earliest. Going forward a lot of pressure will be on Charlie Morton and Yonny Chirinos.
Tampa Bay will be an interesting team to watch going forward without two big-time starting pitchers.
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