The New York Yankees are hunting for an ace who can help them win their 28th World Series championship. Per numerous reports, they’ve stalked just about every big name in the wild.
Then there’s the not-so-big-name ace who’s also just the guy the Yankees need: Blake Snell.
The first thing to know about Snell is that he’s a 25-year-old left-hander who’s under the employ of the Tampa Bay Rays.
A second thing to know about him is that he’s in the midst of a breakout that, mainly by way of his American League-best 2.09 ERA, should have earned him his first All-Star nod Sunday.
A third thing is that Snell is indeed among the aces on the Yankees’ radar. This according to Jim Bowden of The Athletic, who wrote, “The Yankees have expressed interest in both Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard of the crosstown Mets as well as the Rays’ cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale best two starters in Blake Snell and Chris Archer, but the asking price for any of the four is exorbitant.”
Of these four, deGrom certainly looks like the best pitcher right now. Syndergaard (finger) and Archer (abdomen) are on the disabled list. And as amazing as Snell has been this season, deGrom is the 2014 National League Rookie of the Year and a two-time All-Star who leads everyone with a 1.79 ERA.
Ah, but there’s this: Snell is five years younger than deGrom.cheap nfl nike jersey
And also this: Snell is under club control through 2022, whereas deGrom’s club control is up in 2020.
And lastly, this: The difference in quality between the two pitchers is not huge, if not altogether null.cheap nfl jerseys china nike
The lefty was considered one of baseball’s best pitching prospects before he debuted with a solid 3.54 ERA in 19 starts as a rookie in 2016. However, he also walked 5.2 batters per nine innings. His control trouble continued with a 5.4 BB/9 through his first eight outings of 2017.china nike nfl jerseys cheap
The Rays banished him back to the minors, yet it was more of the same for Snell (nine walks in 10 innings) in his first two starts back in the bigs on June 28 and July 5.
But in the fateful 33 starts he’s made since then, he’s averaged only 3.2 walks per nine innings. Throw in 9.6 strikeouts and 0.9 home runs per nine innings, and his dominance has been well-rounded.nike nfl jerseys cheap china
It feels like there should be some kind of elaborate story—e.g., he spent months working out in the Russian wilderness to the tune of “Hearts on Fire”—about how Snell got his groove back. In reality, he made a simple mechanical change and adhered to a strict offseason workout regimen.cheap nfl nike jerseys from china
“I would say everything got more consistent moving to the left [side of the rubber],” he told Michael Baumann of The Ringer. “The reason my stuff got better was probably just the way I approached the offseason. I stayed consistent with my running and working out—that’s what I’d attribute my velo staying up a couple ticks to.”