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San Diego Padres pitcher Blake Snell experienced many emotions as he took to the mound against his former team, the Tampa Bay Rays, for the first time since being traded in 2020. In what can only be described as a triumphant evening, Snell captivated everyone in attendance as he thrived in an impressive 12-strikeout performance and propelled his current team to victory—giving baseball fans everywhere a reminder of why this former Cy Young winner is one of the most reliable pitchers in MLB history.

A Journey of Emotions and Determination

Snell is one of the most accomplished pitchers in the league over the last eight years. In 2018 with the Rays, he was an All-Star and voted Cy Young Award winner. On this particular night, however, it was an extraordinary moment for the veteran.

Despite feeling sentimental about playing his former team, Snell was still able to produce an incredible performance, resulting in twelve strikeouts – tying a career-high – and helping lead the Padres to victory as they try to climb their way back into the playoff race.

A Masterful Display

Snell allowed just two hits over six scoreless innings, and his ERA has now dropped to 0.60 across his past five starts – the best stretch he’s had since he won the American League Cy Young award in 2018. 


Snell’s dominance on this particular evening is even more impressive when one considers that Snell’s former team had won three games in a row and led all of baseball in total wins. For those participating in MLB betting, this performance from Snell was a dream come true. He showed why he is still one of the best pitchers in baseball and showcased his ability to succeed no matter the circumstances. 

Reactions From His Team

Snell’s teammates were impressed with how he was able to shut down one of the most explosive offenses in MLB. He never let his emotions get the best of him but instead stayed focused on doing his job. Second baseman Ha-Seong Kim expressed his approval of Snell’s performance through Korean interpreter Leo Bae: “His stuff was amazing, watching him from behind him,” said Kim. “He showed us why he’s a former Cy Young winner.” 

Kim played a key role in laying down the perfect bunt to get on base in the fifth inning, eventually helping set up the go-ahead run. “I noticed the third baseman was playing a little deep, and I thought it was the perfect chance to put the bunt down. Plus, Blake was pitching pretty good, so if we scored a run first, then we had a good chance to win the ballgame.” 

Padres manager Bob Melvin echoed Kim’s sentiments, adding, “We were just going to bunt our way around the field.” Josh Hader came in the ninth inning and added two more strikeouts, completing the shutout. It was Hader’s 17th save of the season. In total, the Padres pitchers struck out 17 Rays, including four against one of the best players in the game today, Randy Arozarena.


Emotions ran high on Saturday night as Blake Snell faced off against his former team, the Rays. Despite being filled with nostalgia and sentimentality for what he left behind, Snell still put forth an impressive performance – striking out twelve batters while allowing only two hits over six scoreless innings. His teammates expressed their admiration and appreciation for his work, as each recognized how vital he was to the win. It also helped propel the team the next day as they beat the Rays to win the series.

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