Snell allowed just two runs with four strikeouts and two walks across 6.2 innings in Sunday's start versus the Athletics. He did not factor into the decision. The rookie got off to a bumpy start by allowing two runs on four hits with just one out in the first inning, but he settled down and allowed just five baserunners over the next six frames. Snell has now delievered three consecutive quality starts, yielding just four runs in 18.2 innings in that span, and he has lowered his season ERA to 3.06 after an inauspicious start. He is showcasing the skills that made him a highly-regarded prospect heading into the year and will have the opportunity to build on his recent success next Sunday at Yankee Stadium.
Snell (2-4) allowed just one hit and three walks over six shutout innings and struck out nine in a win Tuesday over the Rockies. This was by far the best start of Snell's career, as he set a new career high in strikeouts and posted his first shutout outing in the major leagues. He was downright nasty, as Rockies hitters swung and missed 16 times in 96 pitches. And not only did Snell dominate, he did so at Coors Field, an impressive feat for anyone, much less a rookie.
Snell (1-4) tossed six quality innings, but took the loss Thursday against the Angels. He allowed two runs, four hits and two walks while striking out a career-high seven. Snell held the Angels scoreless through the first five frames, but he allowed two runs to score in the sixth on a single by Albert Pujols. He threw a first-pitch strike to the first 12 batters he faced and had his highest strike percentage of the season (64 percent). The southpaw also induced 13 swings and misses, way up from the 5.9 average he posted through his first five starts. Snell looked more like the No. 1 prospect Thursday than in any of his previous starts, and he's worthy of a roster spot in most formats, especially dynasty leagues.
Snell (1-3) gave up three earned runs on four hits and four walks over 5.1 innings in Saturday's 3-2 loss to the Tigers. He struck out four. The young southpaw had several positives to derive from this one, as he did manage first-pitch strikes on 18 of the 24 batters he faced, and induced 10 swings-and-misses. Despite frequently getting ahead in the count however, Snell still handed out multiple free passes for the fourth straight start, and gave up his first career homer to Ian Kinsler in the fifth inning. The 23-year-old's control has been his biggest issue to date, and he'll look to chip away at his 1.71 WHIP and get back in the win column when he takes on the Angels next Thursday.
Snell (1-2) was a winner for the first time in his young career, despite allowing four runs in 5.1 innings against the Red Sox. He surrendered eight hits, walked four, and struck out four. The four earned runs allowed were actually the most he's allowed in any of his four starts at the Major League level. Although the 3.54 ERA is solid for Snell, he also owns a bloated 1.77 WHIP with the Rays. Snell's next start will be Saturday against the Tigers.