Glasnow recorded his second hold of the season Friday, hurling a scoreless seventh inning against Cincinnati.
Pitching for the first time since June 7, when he threw 37 pitches for the second time in three days, Glasnow retired the Reds on nine pitches. He continues to build into a high-leverage situational option. The righty warmed up in the ninth inning of Wednesday's win in Arizona after closer Felipe Vazquez ran into some trouble, but wasn't called upon. General manager Neal Huntington said during his most recent radio show that it would be unfair to ask the team's sixth and seventh starters, Steven Brault and Glasnow, to serve as starting pitchers "when you have a need," because they've thrown out of the bullpen for most of 2018. At some point Glasnow will likely get another chance to start but for now the team needs him out of the pen.
Glasnow was tagged for three earned runs over 2.0 innings of relief Thursday against the Giants. He allowed a home run and a walk while registering two strikeouts.
The Pirates and Dodgers were neck-and-neck Thursday before Glasnow's shaky outing allowed Los Angeles to break the game open. He had given up just one earned run over a 14.2 inning stretch from May to early June, but Thursday marked his second outing with a home run allowed. Still, two rough outings won't be enough to knock Glasnow out of his middle relief role.
Glasnow threw two scoreless innings Thursday, allowing two hits and no walks while striking out one batter.
Since imploding for six runs in one inning May 1, the righty has given up one earned run in 13.2 innings over eight appearances. He's throwing his four-seam fastball harder (97.3 mph) than last year (95.1 mph). Glasnow's also throwing more strikes (68 percent) during his hot stretch than in prior seasons (59 percent). Pittsburgh has carefully restricted his usage while rebuilding his confidence in 2018. Given the team's recent bullpen struggles, however, he's becoming the last man standing and it's possible the Bucs give him high-leverage opportunities in the near future.
Glasnow (1-1) earned the win Tuesday, throwing 2.1 scoreless innings while allowing just one hit and striking out three against the White Sox.
Starter Ivan Nova lasted just two innings and exited with the Pirates trailing 5-4, but Glasnow was able to quiet the White Sox bats until Pittsburgh reclaimed the lead. It was a nice bounce-back effort, as the 24-year-old had given up six runs in just one inning in his last appearance. He now sports a 6.75 ERA with 26 strikeouts in 18.2 innings this season.
Glasnow debuted a slider as part of his arsenal in his relief appearance Friday against the Cardinals after experimenting with the pitch in flat-ground sessions earlier in the week, Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
During his three shutout innings Friday, Glasnow broke in the slider for six of the 33 pitches, including his final throw of the night that struck Kolten Wong out swinging. The new pitch was instrumental in Glasnow delivering his best showing of the season, as he allowed only three of the 12 batters he faced to reach base while finishing with four strikeouts. Since Glasnow hasn't had the opportunity to get a good feel for his curveball while working out of the bullpen this season, it appears the slider could become his new go-to breaking ball, which would likely aid his chances of finding success against opposite-handed hitters like Wong. Lefties have posted a .913 OPS against Glasnow this season, a 456-point increase from the mark he has allowed versus right-handed hitters.
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