3 players Padres fans can’t trust heading into the 2022 season

Sep 3, 2021; San Diego, California, USA; San Diego Padres first baseman Eric Hosmer (left) tosses his helmet after striking out to end the seventh inning against the Houston Astros at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 3, 2021; San Diego, California, USA; San Diego Padres first baseman Eric Hosmer (left) tosses his helmet after striking out to end the seventh inning against the Houston Astros at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports /
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Padres Blake Snell
PHOENIX, ARIZONA – AUGUST 31: Blake Snell #4 of the San Diego Padres delivers a seventh inning pitch against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on August 31, 2021 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images) /

Blake Snell

Blake Snell needs a bounce-back season in 2022, but Padres fans shouldn’t expect Cy Young numbers from him. His 2018 season, when he posted a 1.89 ERA over 31 starts for the Rays, was a departure, not his norm.

In every other season of his career, Snell has an ERA of 3.24 or higher, and his Cy Young season was the only one in which he made more than 27 starts.

As with Tatis, the idea here is to manage expectations. Snell has some filthy stuff on the mound, but he hasn’t even made his first Cactus League start yet. He threw live BP earlier this week, but is a bit behind the rest of the rotation.

Some good news is that Snell says his changeup is “back” after being in “timeout” last season because it wasn’t executing correctly.

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