All eyes are on Kim’s San Diego Padres teammate, Blake Snell, to set a first in Major League Baseball history.
Snell is coming off one of the strongest National League (NL) Cy Young Award campaigns ever. As of Aug. 31, he has pitched 149 innings in 27 games with an 11-9 record, 2.60 ERA, 193 strikeouts, 1.26 WHIP, and a .192 batting average.
He leads both leagues in ERA and WHIP. Being first in both categories means he’s hard to hit and hard to score runs against. He’s also second in the NL in strikeouts and tied for eighth in wins.
It’s hard to argue that he’s the best pitcher in the NL.
According to FOX Sports, the NL Cy Young candidates have the lowest odds, with Snell at +110. That means a $100 bet would return $110. The Atlanta Braves’ Spencer Strider is second at +210 and the Arizona Diamondbacks’ Zack Galen is third at +450.
Strider has 236 strikeouts, the most in both leagues combined, but his 3.46 ERA ranks seventh in the NL, while Galen is well behind Snell with a 3.32 ERA. Snell won the AL Cy Young Award in 2018 with the Tampa Bay Rays, going 21-5 with a 1.89 ERA and 221 strikeouts.
However, Snell has one glaring record of dishonor. It’s in the strikeout category. Snell allowed 85 four-pitchers, the most of any major league pitcher. Second place goes to Michael Kopeck of the Chicago White Sox, who gave up 84. In the NL, the Washington Nationals’ Zosiah Gray is second with 71. This means that for the rest of the season, Snell has a very good chance of being the most strikeout pitcher in the entire Major Leagues. 먹튀검증
MLB.com featured Snell’s first-place ERA and most-strikeout marks in San Diego in its “Team Milestones to Look Forward to This Season” feature today.
“Snell leads both leagues with a 2.60 ERA and is the favorite for the NL Cy Young Award,” MLB.com wrote, “but there’s an even more remarkable stat that stands out. For pitching so well, Snell also leads the league with 85 strikeouts. If Snell leads the majors in strikeouts and ERA, he’ll be the first pitcher to lead the league in both categories since ERA became an official statistical category in 1913.
“Snell has worked his way out of trouble this year. Most of his outs have come on strikeouts. San Diego manager Bob Melvin said, “That’s Snell. He’s a pitcher you expect to strike out.”