How has Blake Snell gone from Cy Young Award winner to one of the more unreliable starters in the Padres’ rotation?. The year is 2018. 25-year-old lefty Blake Snell enters his third big league season with the Tampa Bay Rays, hoping to build off of two solid years to kick off his career. He accomplishes this goal and more as he started 31 games and nearly won the Pitching Triple Crown. He won 21 games with a 1.89 ERA, both leading the AL, along with 221 strikeouts, tied for sixth-most in the league. That year, the voters decided that he out-performed All-Star pitchers such as Justin Verlander, Gerrit Cole, Corey Kluber and Chris Sale to win the 2018 AL Cy Young Award. And he deserved it.