Thursday, October 18, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays morning after: Glasnow gets athletic

RHP Tyler Glasnow decided shortly before the July 31 trade that sent him from the Pirates to the Rays to abandon some of the delivery-based guideposts he had been working with and go back to just throwing.

That certainly seemed to work.

Glasnow looked even better Tuesday in his second outing for the Rays, allowing only two hits and one run while striking out nine and walking none.

"I was just going out there and staying in rhythm with that athleticism rather than trying to control certain things with my delivery," he said. "I felt good physically and I just wanted to go out there and attack. Working with (pitching coach Kyle) Synder on how to go about hitters before the game and then during the game, everything was clicking tonight."

Glasnow has dominated at Triple-A but after inconsistent showings in stints the two previous seasons, the Pirates put him in the bullpen this season, and may have further penned him in.

"Before I got traded over I made some pretty big adjustments physically," Glasnow said. "I kind of felt what it was like, or how I felt in the minor leagues, and it was a good feeling. Then I got traded over here, and I took what I figured out there and brought it here, and mixed it all with talking to Snyder about how to attack hitters and go up in the zone. And it just seemed to mix well for me here."

The Rays are working to gradually stretch Glasnow back out to be a traditional starter, but are adamant on taking it slow, which he was he was limited to four innings  Tuesday, even though they came in an easy 61 pitches. He offered to pitch the fifth, the Rays politely said no.

"I like the fact that they aren't coming up and rushing me or
anything," he said. "They are trying to build me up and not rush me into it. I think it's a better decision to not have me go back out and rush things with not throwing that many innings before. I feel healthy, I feel good so it's a good sign."

Manager Kevin Cash said the strikeouts were most impressive.

"The stuff, career-high nine strikeouts in four innings of work, that means that there is more to come because he's going to continue to build up," Casj said. "We are going to get him built to a starter here eventually. You don't see stuff like that throughout the game. He starts out throwing 98-99 mph in the 1st inning. He maintains his velocity, he's really done a nice job with the curveballs. (Catcher) Michael Perez did a good job blocking balls for him too. Tyler, it looks like he's getting a rhythm. He's enjoyed in so far being here and results like that can only help."

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