Two of the best pitchers in baseball made their debuts for teams that are expected to be competing for a division title in the National League West. Former American League Cy Young award winner, Blake Snell, came over to the San Diego Padres from the defending AL champs in a blockbuster trade back in December. And the reigning National League Cy Young winner, Trevor Bauer, signed a three-year $102 million contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers in February.
The San Diego Padres find themselves primed to compete with the division rival Dodgers as the best team in baseball, but have done it through the cunning advantage of spending on players that other strong organizations have turned away or traded.
2018 AL Cy Young Winner Blake Snell & 2020 NL runner up Yu Darvish are reportedly headed to San Diego in two separate multi-player deals, according to The Athletic. The deal for Snell would include the Padres sending Luis Patino, Francisco Mejia, Cole Wilcox and Blake Hunt to the Rays. Following Darvish from Chicago to the Padres includes catcher Victor Caratini for hurler Zach Davies and prospects Yeison Santana, Ismael Mena and Reginald Preciado.
Here’s a look back at last night’s World Series Game 6, the Cliff Notes version. The elements I thought were impactful or interesting are condensed here for rehashing and conversation. With 24 hours now between us and the game, here’s the obvious, and maybe not so obvious, that sticks out in hindsight:
Last night felt like a bad body blow by the Dodgers in the heavyweight bout that is this 2020 World Series. After Friday’s off-day both teams sent trusted pitchers to the mound for Game 3 with the series split at one win a piece. The Dodgers likely had the upper hand in most fan’s minds going with established ace Walker Buehler while the Rays countered with playoff-tested veteran Charlie Morton, who is a multi-time All-Star in his own right.