Everyone agrees on his future. The Tampa Bay Rays’ Blake Snell, the consensus goes, will be a very big deal in major league baseball.
But after Thursday, it’s fair to ask.
Is it Snell time yet?
Snell, in his home debut, got out only 10 outs before being chased from the game. He gave up five runs (only one earned), eight hits and three walks.
Snell gave up three runs in his first inning as the Seattle Mariners avoided a sweep. It was the second shortest stint by a Rays’ starting pitcher this season.
“Good stuff, fairly erratic, I think is fair to say,” manager Kevin Cash said. “They had a pretty good approach against him because from the side, it looked like he was featuring some pretty nasty weapons, but they were either laying off of it or not trying to do too much, or taking their hits.”
Snell said he should have been more aggressive.
“I feel like they were taking more, so I should’ve been more aggressive. I felt like my stuff was good, I felt like I had more at-bats where I was battling. I just feel like I should have attacked more. … I felt, command, I want to be aggressive in the strike zone. I was feeling like I was trying to be too pretty, trying to nitpick everything, but something I can definitely learn from and get better.”
The Rays contributed to their loss with sloppy play. The Rays made three errors and botched a bunt situation.
“It’s not really something I want to dwell on,” Cash said. “We have played really good baseball and we’re winning series and that’s the most important thing. We did have some miscues today, we’ll kind of rebound and get back and get ready for a big series against San Francisco.”
Said Snell: “It’s frustrating, but I’ve always had to adjust to the first inning, so it’s nothing too crazy. I just wished that I’d handled it better.”
The Rays came within one run in the eighth after Taylor Motter’s third hit drove in a run, but Steve Pearce struck out.
The Rays play the San Francisco Giants today on Pride Night. Chris Archer pitches for the Rays.