ST. PETERSBURG (620 WDAE) -- When the Tampa Bay Rays beat up Corey Kluber Friday, chasing him from his start in the second inning of their 6-5 win, many pundits started to look at Blake Snell as the possible front-runner for the 2018 American League Cy Young Award. But for his teammate Kevin Kiermaier, Snell has always been at the forefront of the list.
"I'm going to be biased because I'm his teammate, [but] he's been lights out all year," Kiermaier said Wednesday. "And I know a couple of other guys who have had really really good years, but what he's done on a night-in night-out basis, consistently throughout the whole year...just complete domination."
Snell looked to earn his MLB-leading 19th win Wednesday against the Cleveland Indians, and Kiermaier pointed out how very few hitters have come up big against the left-hander.
"It doesn't matter if it's a righty or a lefty, no one wants to see him," Kiermaier said. "His numbers speak for themselves."
Snell has held right-handed hitters to just a .201 average, while lefties hit just .142 against the Rays ace, with an OPS of .435.