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Managers must stick with Blake Snell despite rocky start

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NBC Sports EDGE's D.J. Short explains why fantasy managers should continue to hold onto San Diego Padres SP Blake Snell before trading him or looking for other options.

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DJ SHORT; When the Padres acquired Blake Snell from the Rays, they thought they were getting a potential ace to lead the rotation alongside Yu Darvish. It hasn't really played out that way so far this year, though. Through May 27, Snell holds a disappointing 4.50 ERA through 10 starts.

The southpaw has completed six innings just once this season. He didn't do that at all last year. Prior to this season, Snell hadn't completed six innings in a start since July 21 of 2019.

And this isn't very complicated with Snell. The control hasn't been good. He hasn't been efficient at all-- 28 walks in 44 innings this season, which just isn't going to get it done. Among pitchers with the least 40 innings pitched, only two pitchers have a higher walk percentage than Snell this season. And you just can't pitch deep into games when that's happening.

Now, Snell has never been a great control guy, but he's certainly been better in the past, or at least serviceable. And we haven't seen his stuff slip up, either. He's still throwing just as hard as ever, and a strikeout percentage is just as high as ever, too. It's frustrating, to be sure. But this is a forced hold situation in fantasy leagues.

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