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August 8, 2009 at 11:00 PM

Snell: “I really wasn’t focused; I was just too energized, too excited.”

Ian Snell’s start did not go anywhere near as planned tonight, as he made it through only four outs, but not before he allowed three runs on two hits and six walks. Afterward, he said the anxiety of playing for the first time at Safeco got to him.
“I really wasn’t focused,” he said. “I was just too energized, too excited.”
Said manager Don Wakamatsu: “I think this kid has tremendous stuff, but we have to be able to throw the ball over the plate.”
The Mariners are willing to treat tonight’s start as an isolated incident, but it’s far from the first time this season that Snell had command problems. Remember that in Pittsburgh, he averaged 17.5 pitches per inning — worst in the majors — and had more than one walk per two innings.
It should be interested to see which Snell emerges this season: the guy who can harness his mid-90s fastball (like on Sunday in Texas) or the guy who can’t (like tonight). Wakamatsu has faith in pitching coach Rick Adair to convert Snell to the starter the Mariners hope he becomes.
“The thing you can’t deal with is a pitcher that doesn’t have quality stuff, and he has it, and he’s proved that he has had success in the past,” Wakamatsu said.

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