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SportCy Young winner Blake Snell returns, bolstering the Rays' postseason hopes

18:05  18 september  2019
18:05  18 september  2019 Source:   sports.yahoo.com

Reigning AL Cy Young winner Snell making 1st rehab start

Reigning AL Cy Young winner Snell making 1st rehab start The Tampa Bay Rays could soon get back an important piece as they compete with the Cleveland Indians and Oakland Athletics for a wild-card spot. © Ken Blaze-USA TODAY SportsOut since July 21 after undergoing surgery on his left elbow, reigning AL Cy Young winner Blake Snell is slated to make his first rehab start for Double-A Durham on Saturday. #Rays Snell says he’s making 1st rehab start for AAA @DurhamBulls on Saturday at @swbrailriders (#Yankees)— Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) September 5, 2019 Snell has been targeting a mid-September return from the injury.

The Rays ’ starting lineup Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium would carry 66 postseason at-bats, 55 of them by And that he was Blake Snell , Cy Young Award winner a season ago, and he’d be pitching Tuesday For the Rays , as the season drew near an end, as the lights fluttered to full glow, turned

In the end, Blake Snell 's innings were enough. It was his dominance on the mound that mattered most.That's what members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America revealed Wednesday when Snell was named the winner of the 2018 American League Cy Young Award, capping the Rays '

LOS ANGELES — For a lot of them, what’s next, or what could be next, will be foreign. The Tampa Bay Rays haven’t done a lot of Octobers lately, which means five consecutive Septembers that have ended poorly, lost somewhere in the teeth of the AL East rip saw.

Cy Young winner Blake Snell returns, bolstering the Rays' postseason hopes© Provided by Oath Inc. Blake Snell of the Tampa Bay Rays pitched Tuesday against the Los Angeles Dodgers. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)

So it is that late Monday night, Rays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier had to know the score in Oakland first — Kansas City Royals 6, Oakland A’s 5 — and then could fall asleep. The idle Rays had drawn a half-game closer to hosting a wild card game, had remained a game-and-a-half clear of the Cleveland Indians, and this is what it looks like, what it feels like, when all the numbers go away, when there are only games to win or not.

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Cy Young Award winner Blake Snell betting big on himself and Tampa Bay Rays . Snell is pumped by Morton’s addition, saying he “loves everything about” the former Astros postseason hero. Despite Morton’s salary, the Rays ’ opening-day payroll should still be somewhere in the million range.

“I got gray hairs,” Tommy Pham shrieked, brushing his hand over a head that showed none. “I’m so stressed out.”

That bad, he said.

“I’d be better,” he said, “if I hit three home runs tonight.”

And he went off to prepare to do that, or try.

The Rays’ starting lineup Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium would carry 66 postseason at-bats, 55 of them by catcher Travis d’Arnaud, six by Matt Duffy and five by Pham. The Dodgers’ lineup had seen 671 October at-bats. Cody Bellinger’s dad had as many as all but two Rays starters.

They don’t keep that sort of stuff on a scoreboard. It does, however, speak to what these Rays have achieved across 152 games and for the 10-game journey ahead, in the coming days through the Dodgers and Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees and Toronto Blue Jays, and what could lie beyond that. They’ll likely have had to win 94, 95, 96 games, which is something even in a league in which only about half the teams are really trying.

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The Rays bolstered a pitching rotation led by Cy Young Award winner Blake Snell . PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. — AL Cy Young Award winner Blake Snell will go into his first career opening-day start with a lot more financial security than he envisioned just a few days ago.

Rays ’ Cy Young winner Blake Snell was Rays LHP Blake Snell posted dazzling and historic numbers in going 21-5, 1.89 to win the 2018 Though the top of the list featured some of the game’s true aces, others ahead of Snell included New York’s Luis Severino and Cleveland’s Carlos Carrasco.

“This is what you play for,” Kiermaier said. “This is a blast.”

About then a 6-foot-4 man entered the room, unremarkable in a room of athletes except for how much of the room he took up. And the fact he was wearing green flannel on a warm afternoon. And that he was Blake Snell, Cy Young Award winner a season ago, and he’d be pitching Tuesday night for the first time in nearly two months. The Rays were 32-17 without him, gaining no ground on the Yankees but losing none either, and actually gaining on the A’s and Indians, who would shake out as their wild card competition.

Cy Young winner Blake Snell returns, bolstering the Rays' postseason hopes© Provided by Oath Inc. Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Blake Snell missed two months before his return to the team. (Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)

Three days after Tyler Glasnow went three innings for the Rays, on the same night Luis Severino went four for the Yankees and Brandon Woodruff two for the Milwaukee Brewers, five days after the Dodgers had hoped for two innings from Rich Hill, in a September in which starters, some of them front-end caliber, are being ramped up for October, Snell struck out four Dodgers and allowed one ball into fair territory over two innings.

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Blake Snell is hands down one of the best young pitchers in the game of baseball today. So much so that last year he was given the Cy Young “ The Rays have the right under the collective bargaining agreement to renew me at or near the league-minimum salary. They also have the ability to more

With defending Cy Young winner Blake Snell leading the charge and the polarizing opener strategy at work, Tampa Bay remains one of MLB's most With no opener needed, Blake Snell will break through with another tremendous season on a Rays team that will inevitably surprise the rest of baseball.

Six weeks ago, Snell had surgery to remove six chips from his pitching elbow. Until then, he hadn’t quite been the pitcher he’d been in 2018, when he’d won 21 games and had a 1.89 ERA. Then, few pitchers had been. It might’ve been the chips.

The plan is for a couple more starts for Snell, gradually increasing his pitch count, the way they do in spring training. The current schedule could, in the best scenario for the Rays, put Charlie Morton in position to pitch the wild card game and Snell the first game of a division series. These things so rarely go as planned, as evidenced by all the quality starting pitchers trying to extend themselves into another inning, another 10 pitches, building toward October or a shot at it.

“It’s a huge benefit, but we’ve still got a lot to do,” Rays manager Kevin Cash said. “We’ve got to get him built up. I mean, we might have enough time here as long as (Snell and Glasnow) are performing like they’re capable of. We get them to a reasonable workload and pitch count. Then, yeah, we have two really, really special pitchers who are capable of quieting opposing lineups for a period of time.”

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  MLB playoffs 2019: Three takeaways from Rays' convincing wild-card win over Athletics Charlie Morton was solid and the Rays hit four home runs. There's not much more to say.Charlie Morton tossed five innings while allowing one unearned run, Yandy Diaz hit two homers and the Rays combined to hit four in total.

The Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday announced that they've signed reigning AL Cy Young Award Earlier this offseason, Snell and the Rays were unable to agree to a salary for the 2019 season , and the The Mariners were unceremoniously eliminated from postseason contention Wednesday night.

"When I heard the Rays were interested, I really hoped we could work something out," he said. "Everything about the situation seemed perfect. Hot Stove Tracker Morton will join with 2018 American League Cy Young Award winner Blake Snell to give the Rays a traditional top two in their

For his part, and for the 26 pitches he threw, Snell looked like the same guy. His fastball clocked at 95 and 96 mph. He threw sliders and curveballs and changeups. Each of his strikeouts — of David Freese, Chris Taylor, Cody Bellinger and Max Muncy — were on fastballs, and big ones at that. He walked off the mound as though he had another 50 pitches in him.

Before becoming self-conscious about the gray hair that did not exist, Pham looked over at the big fella in the green flannel and said, “We get Blake Snell pitching like Cy Young Blake Snell, it’s going to help our whole morale in this locker room.”

Hope is one thing, wins are another, wins in September feel like something even more. For the Rays, as the season drew near an end, as the lights fluttered to full glow, turned out a Cy Young guy was gonna walk through that door.

“Man,” Kiermaier said, “we’ve missed him like crazy the last two months. If he can be anywhere close to what he’s capable of doing, we’ll take that.”

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