Yuli Gurriel opened the scoring in Game 7 of the World Series, lining a Max Scherzer slider into the left field seats at Minute Maid Park for a solo home run to lead off the second inning.
Scherzer worked around a two-out walk of Michael Brantley in the first inning for a scoreless frame. He seemed to be missing his location arm-side a bit. Scherzer certainly missed his location with the slider to Gurriel.
The Astros continued to apply pressure to Scherzer, as Yordan Álvarez and Carlos Correa hit back-to-back singles. Scherzer got some help, though, as Robinson Chirinos popped up a sacrifice bunt attempt. Josh Reddick then grounded out and George Springer lined out to end the inning. The Nationals have to feel fortunate to only be down 1-0 after that inning.
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.