Blake Snell's 20-win season shows Rays still have some old school in them

  • null null null Baseball The Rays have done their darnedest this season to change the way major league pitchers are used, and yet they have an ace starter who's a 20-game winner and a Cy Young Award contender.All-Star left-hander Blake Snell on Tuesday reached a milestone that used to define pitching success (and get pitchers paid). The fact he only went five innings, albeit five dominant ones, against the Rangers provided a new-age touch to the night, but Snell (20-5) still became just the second Ray ever to get to 20 (David Price, in 2012, was the first) and the first pitcher to win that many since Rick Porcello, Max Scherzer and J.A. Happ did it two years ago.  Snell has been one of the franchise's few constants in a season of chaos. He began the year in the rotation and, aside from a brief stint on the disabled list with shoulder fatigue, has stayed in it despite the introduction of the trendy "opener" and bullpenning. The 2011 Tampa Bay first-round draft pick has dominated hitters with a high-90s fastball and a knee-buckling curve, evidenced by his 1.97 ERA over 169 innings and .563 opponents' OPS.MORE: Why it's important to understand and utilize FI[......]

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