The Los Angeles Dodgers might’ve gotten swept at home against the Pittsburgh Pirates, falling to 1-5 on the season series against the lowly NL Central squad, but you know what’s arguably funnier? The San Diego Padres making up ZERO ground despite the Dodgers’ epic failure.
Again, why they’ll always be our younger brother! Sorry guys, maybe do one thing to prove that you’re not? Until then, this is how it’s going to be!
The Pads got swept by the St. Louis Cardinals and have lost six of their last eight games before entering a three-game set against the NL Central-leading Milwaukee Brewers. They remain three games back of the Dodgers in the NL West.
You’d think San Diego would’ve been able to capture one game in this series with both Blake Snell and Yu Darvish taking the bump, but the bullpen blew Snell’s outing and Darvish allowed five earned runs.
To add further insult to injury during Snell’s start on Tuesday night, he was apparently being ripped by Padres broadcaster Bob Scanlan, who was caught on a hot mic criticizing the left-hander. It’s unclear what exactly this is, but you can hear the difference between the broadcast and then Scanlan talking.
If you listen closely, you can hear the wind hitting the mic that was apparently on without Scanlan knowing as he ripped Snell for a few seconds.
Did a Padres’ field reporter accidentally call out Blake Snell on the air?
“He gets scared of his fastball. I never know what he’s trying to do, to be honest with you. I don’t know what he does half the time.”
Hey, it’s fair to question! Snell, after capturing the AL Cy Young award in 2018, has not been himself since. And he owns a 4.26 ERA and 1.30 WHIP and has averaged less than five innings per start.
As for Scanlan’s criticism, however, Snell isn’t exactly throwing his fastball less. Maybe he’s not being as aggressive with it on a per-at-bat basis, but his 51.8% usage with the pitch during his Padres tenure is right in line with his 52.6% rate for his career. Not exactly egregious, but since his velocity has remained the same, why not keep that percentage more steady?
Maybe Snell should just replicate does whatever he does against the Dodgers, though, because he dominates LA for his career. But as long as he’s stinking it up against everyone else, we’re happy to hear Scanlan’s displeasure.