In his third season in the big leagues, Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Blake Snell made incredible strides. The 25-year-old made his first All-Star team, led the American League and led after a 21-5 record and a 1.89 ERA average to the average run.[RELATED1]
Snells great season has pushed him to another important milestone: He is one of the finalists of the American league Cy Young, which faces Justin Verlander of Houston Astros and Corey Kluber of Cleveland Indians. Both players have previously won Cy Young Awards, while Snell is nominated for the first time at age 25.
Snell's strong play helped the Tampa Bay Rays stay in the wildcard race until the end of the season, even though most of the baseball world had predicted to end at the end of the American League East. The blast ended when the first team dropped out of the postseason, something that motivates Snell for the next year.
"It's a shitty thing to look back and know we had such a slow start and that hurt us," said Snell Muscle & Fitness . "But knowing that we got off to a slow start and still won 90 games shows just how caught up in the team. We really could do a shot to make the playoffs. There's a lot of mixed emotion in the playoffs, and now I'm looking forward to what I'm going to do to make this season better. It will push us into this off-season until spring to become so much better because we know we can compete in the AL East. "
Snell took some time to talk with us about his breakout performance this season, his favorite start of the year and what it feels like to be the first player named" Blake "in the MLB history to have won 20 games. In the video, Snell also talks about:
- Goes 9: 9 against the 5 best offenses in the league
- His offseason training
- Review of his expectations for 201
- What he looks forward to next season
The AL Cy Young Prize will be announced on November 14th.
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