San Diego Padres Blake Snell (31) finished his first appearance in the exhibition game.
On the 6th (Korean time), Snell started against the Oakland Athletics in the ‘2023 Major League Baseball’ exhibition game held at the Peoria Complex in Arizona, USA. On this day, he recorded 2 hits, 1 home run, 1 walk, 1 run and 4 strikeouts in 3 innings. San Diego beat Oakland 10-3.
MLB.com, the official homepage of the major leagues, evaluated Snell’s pitching as ‘showing a good appearance except for the home run hit by Kevin Smith in the first inning’. Snell also expressed satisfaction with his appearance.
Snell moved his nest from the Tampa Bay Rays to San Diego through a trade ahead of the 2021 season. Snell’s first half of his last three years has been disappointing. He struggled until the All-Star break. In the first year of his transfer, Snell posted a 4.99 earned run average in the first half, while posting a 3.24 ERA in the second half. In 2022, he had a 5.22 earned run average in the first half and a 2.19 in the second half. In San Diego, Snell was a ‘slow starter’.
However, he has rising expectations that this year will be different. San Diego manager Bob Melvin said, “Snell’s early season was rough, but after that he was better than anyone else. There’s a reason he should do well this year. He should be able to do well.” 먹튀검증
The ‘reason’ mentioned by coach Melvin is that Snell will be eligible for free agency after finishing this season. If Snell regains his image pitcher reputation in 2018, he could land a big contract in the free agency market. If he wins the World Series title here, his ransom is expected to exceed market expectations.
San Diego also wants Snell to hit early in the season. This is because Joe Musgrove, who was in charge of one axis of the starting lineup, left the team due to a left big toe injury.
Snell’s performance in the first half and second half was starkly different. Attention is focusing on whether he will be able to show a different side of himself this year.