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Monday, July 23, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL INJURY FALLOUT: BLAKE SNELL THE LATEST TO HIT THE DL AS HE BATTLED SHOULDER FATIGUE

Having already engineered a truly monstrous breakout in 2018 with ace-level power pitching, the grind of the long MLB season appears to have taken a toll on Tampa Bay Rays starter Blake Snell as he was placed on the 10-day DL Monday with shoulder fatigue.  Shoulder fatigue is a fancy way of saying Snell is exhausted and that is not a shock since he is still very young and has yet to throw a full MLB season.  We see mid-year falloffs and fatigue with young pitchers each and every season and this is already happening to the Atlanta Braves' Sean Newcomb whose big first three months of 2018 has devolved into some ugly July outings as he too looks gassed.  As far as Snell is concerned, he has been tremendous to the tune of a 2.27 ERA, 1.07 WHIP, .188 BAA, and 10.13 K/9.  All four of those numbers ace-level and the only possible negatives to discuss here is Snell's continued issue with walks (3.55 BB/9) which have kicked up of late.  Now we also have a very lucky .243 BABIP which results in a 3.43 FIP and 3.57 XIP ERA but those are still very good ratios for a young hurler like Snell.  So while he has pitched a bit above his head, we also are looking at one of the future power arms of the game who could be close to reaching elite status.  For now though, get set for what could be a rocky finish to the season given the fatigue that is now enveloping Snell.  Upon his return, a sell high is looking like a great idea. 


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