Glasnow allowed four earned runs on eight hits and a walk over four innings in a Grapefruit League loss to the Braves on Sunday. He struck out five. Glasnow posted an 0-5 record through spring play and finished with a 9.59 ERA, but his outlook remains positive heading into the regular season as the projected No. 3 starter. Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports the right-hander was primarily focused on breaking in a new delivery this spring in an attempt to gain better control over his pitches, so the inconsistent showings aren't necessarily surprising. At least publicly, manager Kevin Cash continues to echo that sentiment as Opening Day approaches. "I think in fairness to Tyler, it's still a work in progress," Cash said of Glasnow's adjustments. "We're going to see him continue to make progress. [Pitching coach Kyle Snyder] is on board. We're all on board. I'm on board. Tyler is going to be a big part of our rotation."
Glasnow allowed five earned runs on four hits and four walks over 3.2 innings in a 6-2 Grapefruit League loss to the Yankees on Tuesday. He struck out four. Despite the unsightly line, the news wasn't all bad for the towering southpaw. His control issues did allow him to get his work in via a total of 81 pitches, and Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports that Glasnow then continued firing away in the bullpen after he exited the game. The 25-year-old also notched a couple of whiffs with the curveball he's been working on refining this spring, but he ultimately only got 47 of his offerings into the strike zone. Glasnow has one more Grapefruit League outing before the regular season, and the young lefty feels that just a slight improvement in his timing will get him to where he needs to be for his first scheduled regular-season start March 30 versus the Astros.
Glasnow allowed an earned run on a hit and a walk over 2.1 innings in an 11-2 Grapefruit League loss to the Blue Jays on Thursday. He struck out two. Manager Kevin Cash termed Glasnow's performance the "highlight" of an otherwise ugly day for the Rays, and it represented a nice bounce-back for the towering right-hander after he managed to get just 18 of his 40 pitches into the strike zone versus the Phillies last Saturday. Glasnow continues to work on a new delivery this spring and is looking to iron out all the kinks prior to Opening Day in anticipation of serving as the Rays' No. 3 starter.
Glasnow continued to experiment with his new delivery with mixed results in Saturday's 11-3 Grapefruit League loss to the Phillies, J. Scott Butherus of MLB.com reports. Glasnow allowed three earned runs on two hits and two walks over his 1.1 innings. The righty delivered only 18 of his 40 offerings into the strike zone. He continued frequently deploying his new delivery, one in which he double pumps his lead leg after a brief pause before releasing the ball. Glasnow continued to exhibit improved velocity Saturday when utilizing the new approach, as he maxed out at 99 mph on the gun on a strikeout of Scott Kingery. Glasnow assigned blame for his second-inning struggles to a combination of fatigue and some hiccups when trying to switch between his more conventional delivery out of the stretch and his new one, but he remains encouraged with the overall results of his spring experiment. "I know today wasn't really the greatest get-ahead, strike-throwing day," Glasnow said. "But it was a little better than the first, and I think as I build up everything will come into place."
Glasnow has been working to quicken his delivery to home plate in the early stages of spring training and has seen his fastball hover around 98.7 miles per hour in his initial bullpen sessions, according to manager Kevin Cash, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports. Already touted for his premium velocity after sporting an average fastball of 96.5 mph in 2018, per Statcast, Glasnow is now hoping the offering is even tougher for hitters to catch up with while simultaneously stymieing the running game. Opponents nabbed 21 steals on Glasnow in just 111.2 innings a season ago, so even if the added velocity doesn't directly translate to more strikeouts, it could at least reduce the opportunities for baserunners to reach scoring position. In order for the delivery change to be a net benefit, however, Glasnow, who is projected to serve as the Rays' No. 3 starter this season, will need to ensure he doesn't sacrifice any control as a result. As the owner of an exorbitant 12.5 percent career walk rate, Glasnow can't afford to take another step back in that regard.