The Orioles are off to a good start as they look to avoid going down 3-0 in the best-of-seven American League Championship Series. Steve Pearce hit a one-out double to left-center in the top of the second and then J.J. Hardy followed with a double of his own, plating the only run of the game thus far.
Orioles starter Wei-Yin Chen looks sharp, having faced just one batter over the minimum through three scoreless innings. It’s 1-0 for the visiting O’s as Game 3 of the ALCS moves along to the bottom of the fourth inning at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City.
Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie has already thrown 83 pitches through four. It’ll likely be an early bullpen night for the host team.
Ken Rosenthal and Josh Tolentino of The Athletic report that Rays starter Blake Snell has switched agencies, going from Apex Baseball to Boras Corporation. Snell is currently signed to a five-year, $50 million contract and will be under contract through 2023.
Snell found himself in hot water two weeks ago when he said on his Twitch stream that he wouldn’t risk his life to play baseball during a pandemic while receiving significantly reduced pay. Some described Snell as tone deaf for saying, “I gotta get my money. I’m not playing unless I get mine, okay?”
Boras represents many of baseball’s highest-paid players, including Gerrit Cole and Bryce Harper. Snell is not likely to win over any of the people he recently irritated by appearing to go after more money by hiring the highest-profile agent. What often goes unsaid is that players have a very limited window in which to use their elite athletic skills to make money.
Snell won the 2018 AL Cy Young Award, going 21-5 with a 1.89 ERA and a 221/64 K/BB ratio over 180 2/3 innings. He did not have nearly the same success last year, going 6-8 with a 4.29 ERA and a 147/40 K/BB ratio in 107 innings.