Snell won't start Thursday's game against the Orioles, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. With Tuesday's game against the Orioles being postponed, the Rays decided to move their rotation back a day. As a result, Chris Archer will start instead of Snell for Thursday's series finale versus Tampa Bay. This is a tough draw for Snell, as his next scheduled start will now come Friday against the high-powered Red Sox if the Rays stay in rotation.
Snell (3-1) picked up the win over the Twins on Saturday, giving up one run on five hits over seven innings while striking out six. Brian Dozier led off the game with a double and came around to score on Miguel Sano's sac fly, and that was all the offense the Twins could muster against Snell on the night. The left-hander fired 68 of 100 pitches for strikes en route to his third straight win and, perhaps more impressively given the control issues he's dealt with in his career, his second straight start without walking a batter. Snell will try to keep rolling in his next start Thursday in Baltimore.
Snell (2-1) got the win over the Rangers on Monday, giving up just one earned run on five hits in 6.1 innings, striking out nine and walking none in Tampa Bay's 8-4 victory. It was the second straight strong outing for the 25-year-old left-hander, who has given up just two earned runs to go along with 19 strikeouts over his past 12.1 innings. He also showed improved control in this start as he didn't issue a single walk against Texas after surrendering five free passes to the White Sox in his last start. Aside from one dud outing against the Yankees in his second start of the year, the early-season returns have been strong from Snell, who now sports a solid 2.95 ERA and 1.08 WHIP to go along with 26 punch-outs in 21.1 innings -- numbers that would make him a rock-solid fantasy option if he's able to maintain the pace.
Snell (1-1) allowed one run on one hit and five walks over six innings in Tuesday's victory over the White Sox. Although Snell's control was questionable, the southpaw had an otherwise great outing as he fanned 10 batters. Over his previous two games, Snell had struck out just seven batters over a combined nine innings. After making three starts, Snell owns a respectable 3.60 ERA and 1.20 WHIP. His next start projects to be Sunday when the Rays host the Phillies.
Snell compiled nine strikeouts and allowed an earned run on three hits and three walks over 4.2 innings in Monday's 4-2 Grapefruit League win over the Yankees. Snell's dominant spring may have reached its apex against a loaded Yankees lineup, with his nine whiffs easily a high-water mark across his four starts. The promising lefty has recorded less than four strikeouts only once in his appearances, and he encouragingly was just one out shy of upping his workload by two innings over that of his previous start. He did have some issues finding the strike zone Monday, but he's nevertheless flashed improved location overall during the exhibition slate. Snell's impressive showing thus far in camp is a byproduct of the attitude makeover he came into spring training with, Bill Chastain of MLB.com reports. "He's really grown up from maybe some of his struggles last year," manager Kevin Cash said. "But he's come in with a new and different mindset. Very focused. Very committed. You can watch his tempo on the mound when he's pitched, and it's translated into positive results."