Dodgers fans are loving Blake Snell signing blowing up in Giants' face

Arizona Diamondbacks v San Francisco Giants
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The last time the Dodgers saw the Giants, LA was riding high off a three-game win to take their first home series of the season against the Cardinals. San Francisco was next up in the homestand, and the first game was a toppling, with Dodgers' bats all over the lineup on full display. The next two games were a little dicier thanks to some bullpen shakiness that would turn out to be a trend, but the Dodgers still swept the Giants in their first of four series this season.

But the Dodgers also didn't see Blake Snell during that series. Snell is a familiar foe, having moved just up the coast from San Diego after a prolonged free agency, and typically he's crushed the Dodgers, who have a .171 batting average against him throughout his career, the lowest of any team he's faced over 10 times.

Snell and Matt Chapman, signed out of their free agent purgatory as we were getting dangerously close to Opening Day, were supposed to be the saving graces of the Giants' offseason. So far, it's looked like Snell will be anything but.

Blake Snell's early struggles with the Giants are very good news for the Dodgers

Snell got a late start to the season after he had to make up for all of the time he didn't spend in spring training, and he made his first start on April 8 against the Nationals, who proceeded to light him up. They got three hits and three runs off of him in three innings; he also walked two batters. His next start against his old team in Tampa Bay was even worse. Four innings, six hits, seven runs (two of which were homers), and two walks. His latest outing featured more of the same — 4 2/3 innings, nine hits, five runs, one walk.

Snell has been a strange case since he won his first Cy Young with the Rays in 2018. He ran away with NL Cy Young voting last season, but it came after a long stretch of being good, okay, or bad, but never great. Maybe he's in another one of those post-Cy Young slumps, or maybe he's mad about the two-year contract he got when he was looking for over six years with the Yankees. Either way, a down year for Snell is very good news for the Dodgers.