Cubs starter Cole Hamels launched his second career home run, a solo shot off of the Pirates’ Jameson Taillon, in the bottom of the third inning on Monday night. The dinger cut the Pirates’ lead to 2-1.
Hamels’ other homer came on July 21, 2012 in the third inning against the Giants’ Matt Cain. Coincidentally, Cain also homered off of Hamels in the same game… also in the third inning.
On the pitching side of things, Hamels has been terrific for the Cubs, entering Monday’s action 4-1 with a 2.42 ERA and a 59/19 K/BB ratio in 63 1/3 innings back in the National League. he had a 4.72 ERA across 114 1/3 innings with the Rangers before the trade.
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.