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The NL West Keeps Getting Better and Better

Sep 19, 2023; San Diego, California, USA; San Diego Padres starting pitcher Blake Snell (4) throws a pitch to Colorado Rockies shortstop Ezequiel Tovar (14) during the sixth inning at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

Just a week ago, Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo jokingly remarked that he hoped star players would stop joining the NL West. Lovullo’s jest came after the San Diego Padres signed Dylan Cease.

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However, Lovullo’s wish was short-lived, as Blake Snell is now returning to the NL West with the San Francisco Giants, who secured the two-time Cy Young winner with a lucrative 2-year, $62 million deal.

During his stint with the Padres last season, Snell led the National League with a stellar 2.25 ERA, earning him his second Cy Young award.

In Snell’s final six games of the season, he allowed just two earned runs in 38 innings, making it an easy decision for voters to crown him as the best pitcher in the National League.

Throughout his career, against the Diamondbacks, Snell has posted an impressive 1.11 ERA through 9 starts. The D-backs are 2-6 all-time when Snell takes the mound.

This signing likely marks the culmination of the Giants’ impressive offseason, which also saw them acquire talents such as Matt Chapman, Jorge Soler, Jung Hoo Lee, Robbie Ray, and Jordan Hicks.

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