MLB umpire Phil Cuzzi Aug 7, 2022; Oakland, California, USA; Third base umpire Phil Cuzzi (10) gestures during the first inning of the game between the Oakland Athletics and the San Francisco Giants at RingCentral Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

The Chicago Cubs faced off against the San Diego Padres on Monday in a game that home plate umpire Phil Cuzzi has had his fingerprints all over, which the MLB world took notice of.

Padres starting pitcher Blake Snell had a great game, recording eight strikeouts over six scoreless innings. However, his stats may look a whole lot different if Cuzzi hadn’t missed some key strike calls.

Snell had a number of strikeouts early on in the game where Cuzzi made a questionable strike-three call on Cubs batters. Three Cubs hitters were called out on strikes on pitchers that were pretty clearly outside the zone.

These calls clearly got to Cubs manager David Ross, who was ejected by Cuzzi for arguing the strike zone in the bottom of the second inning after Cubs pitcher Kyle Hendriks didn’t get a borderline strike call.

Ross seemingly had a fair gripe about the Padres getting some questionable strike calls that the Cubs didn’t equally get on the mound.

Maddie Lee of the Chicago Sun-Times tweeted the statcast view of the strike zone for the game, which shows that Snell got seven pitches outside the strike zone called as strikes. Hendriks meanwhile had only two borderline pitches called as a strike, including a few pitches in a similar spot to Snell’s.

The MLB world took notice of some of the favorable calls in the Padres’ favor, taking to social media to voice their frustrations.

Cubs fans have to feel cheated from these questionable calls from Cuzzi. However, their offensive struggles in the game certainly didn’t help matters, only recording two hits on Snell.

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Reice Shipley is a staff writer for Comeback Media that graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Sports Media. He previously worked at Barrett Sports Media and is a fan of all things Syracuse sports.