Following Blake Snell’s start today against the Boston Red Sox, the Tampa Bay Rays have made the decision to option Blake Snell to Triple-A Durham. Pitcher Ryne Stanek will be making his major league debut as he will be set to join the bullpen.It appears that Erasmo Ramirez will take Snell’s start in the rotation.
Some may say that this roster move was quite a shocker, while others would actually say this was the best move going forward. Mixed fans reactions over social media were certainly noticeable, as fans took to the Rays Twitter account to share their thoughts. Blake Snell is 0-4 and his earned run average is over four this season. Snell’s sixth inning outing matched his longest this season.
The Rays are unclear as to how long Snell will pitch for the Durham Bulls, but one thing is for certain: Snell has to pitch more consistently. This has nothing to do with the start time moving up, it has become noticeable in every start. The Rays in the game earlier jumped out to a lead against Chris Sale and the Boston Red Sox. Yes, it is the potent offense of the Red Sox, and while a shutout wasn’t expected, Snell was expected to pitch better with a lead. In fact former Rays pitcher who now starts for the Boston Red Sox, David Price had some positive comments regarding the pitcher.“ We all (struggled) when we first came up,”said Price. “In 2009 I stunk, but I got better. It takes guys probably 30 to 35 starts. And once it happens, you’re like, ‘Okay, now I see.”
BOSTON – The inconsistencies from inning to inning and the high pitch counts leading to repeatedly abbreviated outings can make Rays second-year LHP Blake Snell’s starts hard to watch. But no less an expert than former Rays/current Red Sox LHP David Price says he still sees Snell, 24, as something special.