Glasnow signed a one-year, $4 million deal with the Rays on Friday to avoid arbitration, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports. The 27-year-old is now officially under contract for 2021 after posting a 4.08 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 91:22 K:BB over 57.1 innings last season. Glasnow is Tampa Bay's clear ace entering spring training following the departure of Blake Snell.
Glasnow was the pitcher of record Sunday in the Rays' 4-2 loss to the Dodgers in Game 5 of the World Series after giving up four runs on six hits and three walks while striking out seven over five innings. As per usual, the hard-throwing righty was able to miss bats at a decent clip with 16 swinging strikes among his 102 pitches, but command was once again an issue. That has been a recurring theme for Glasnow this postseason, as he's given up a home run in all but one of his six outings during the Rays' playoff run. Joc Pederson and Max Muncy took Glasnow deep Sunday, with the later long ball providing Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw and the Los Angeles bullpen all the cushion they would need. Should the Rays extend the series to a Game 7 on Wednesday, Glasnow could be available to pitch an inning or two out of the bullpen.
Glasnow took to the loss to the Dodgers in Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday. He allowed six runs on three hits and six walks while striking out eight over 4.1 innings. Glasnow fanned eight, yet he was unable to escape the fifth inning. His first mistake came on a two-run homer to Cody Bellinger and then he began to lose command in the fifth inning, allowing four more earned runs. The 27-year-old threw 58 of his 112 pitches for strikes and recorded a first-pitch strike to just 13 of the 23 batters he faced. The right-hander struggled in his World Series debut but will likely get a chance to redeem himself so long as the Rays aren't swept.
Glasnow took the loss in Game 4 of the ALCS against the Astros on Wednesday, allowing four runs on eight hits while striking out five and walking two over six innings. Glasnow wasn't terrible, though he was clearly below his usual standard. Half of the damage was done by Jose Altuve, who hit a solo homer in the first inning and an RBI double in the third. George Springer followed with a two-run shot in the fourth. Glasnow was called upon to throw 2.1 innings on just two days' rest in Game 5 of the ALDS and could theoretically be asked to do something similar in Game 7 of this series should the Rays fail to win either of the next two games.
Glasnow will start Game 5 of the ALDS against the Yankees on Friday, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports. Glasnow recorded 10 strikeouts in his start during the second game of the series against New York on Tuesday. Blake Snell was in line to start Game 5, but manager Kevin Cash instead elected to go with Glasnow on just two days' rest. However, Snell should be available along with the rest of the bullpen in this win-or-go-home game.