Yep. I said it. Crazy Rays fan is back at it again.
But hold on reader who is easy to jump to conclusions. This time, I have evidence to back up my reasoning and I will prove why Blake “Sid from Ice Age” Snell should be the AL Cy Young Award winner.
So, I don’t wanna see you jumping down my throat on Reddit or any social media website about how this dumb Rays fan is being a homer and wants his guy to win. It’s not that I want him to win. He will win.
21: Blake Snell’s wins, tops in the MLB.
1.89: Blake Snell’s ERA, tops in the AL, second in the MLB.
219: Blake Snell’s ERA+, tops in the MLB.
.178: Blake Snell’s opponent batting average, tops in the MLB.
.808: Blake Snell’s Win-Loss percentage, second in the AL, third in the MLB.
7.5: Blake Snell’s pitching WAR, tops in the AL, fifth in the MLB.
7.5: Blake Snell’s overall WAR, sixth among all players in the AL.
5.579: Blake Snell’s hits per nine innings, tops in the MLB.
.974: Blake Snell’s WHIP, second in the AL, fourth in the MLB.
47: Blake Snell’s adjusted pitching runs, tops in the AL, second in the MLB.
5.1: Blake Snell’s adjusted pitching wins, tops in the AL, second in the MLB.
221: Blake Snell’s strikeouts, sixth in the AL, 10th in the MLB.
11.009: Blake Snell’s strikeouts per nine innings, fourth in the AL, seventh in the MLB.
.554: Blake Snell’s opponent OPS, tops in the AL, second in the MLB.
.300: Blake Snell’s opponent slugging percentage, tops in the AL, second in the MLB.
What else does he need to win that he doesn’t have?
What the arguments against him?
There’s two: he plays for the Rays and the Rays didn’t make the postseason. Ok, cool. The Rays wouldn’t have won 90 games and come close to postseason play without Snell. He accounted for 23.33 percent of the Rays’ wins this season, more than any other player in baseball. Blake Snell was the most valuable pitcher in baseball
On a team that started the season with a four-man rotation, Snell was the only consistent starter because everyone else got injured or was traded. Snell himself even was sidelined after the All-Star break, which is even crazier that he did what he did this year.
And if you wanna compare Snell’s statistics to David Price when he won the Cy Young with the Rays in 2012, it’s not even close how much better Snell was. His ERA+ was 69 (nice) points higher than Price’s 150 ERA+ and his ERA was 2/3rds of a run lower, and that’s in the AL, which is traditionally the more league with more offense.
Remember, Snell almost didn’t make the AL All-Star roster this season. He was picked to the team as a replacement player, though he came into the game in the third inning, which made him the third AL pitcher to be used by Astros manager A.J. Hinch.
Snell didn’t make it as a starter, which still boggles my mind, but I already wrote about that earlier this year. If Snellzilla doesn’t win the AL Cy Young this year, the league is rigged against the Rays and it’s gonna be hard to convince me otherwise.