Glasnow Has Best Start This Spring

Tyler Glasnow is learning to pitch inside as he limited Boston to one run.

Jeff Hathhorn
March 18, 2018 - 6:10 pm
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His first start in 11 days and still not knowing where he will be coming Opening Day, Tyler Glasnow was solid in a 2-1 split-squad loss to Boston Sunday afternoon.

Glasnow went four and two-thirds, giving up a run on five hits, two walks and six strikeouts.  It’s his longest and best performance he’s had this Spring.

“I really liked the way he attacked hitters today,” said manager Clint Hurdle.  It’s a good lineup.” 

Boston had regulars Mookie Betts, Andrew Benintendi, Mitch Moreland and Xander Bogaerts on the trip.  Betts drove in the only run off Glasnow with a double in the fifth.

“Coming into today, me and Ray (Searage), throughout the week, were talking about a game-plan and establishing the inner half,” Glasnow said.  “I didn’t do that my first couple of outings.  Just get ahead and show I can get it in there.  I had a lot of uncomfortable at bats today.”

Those at bats made uncomfortable by a fastball that reached 97 and his determination to throw more inside.

“For a guy like me too that doesn’t have pinpoint control, it puts a little fear in the batter and not knowing where it is going to go.”

"As long as he hits it, it opens everything up for him,” Hurdle said.  “If you don’t hit it, you are behind in counts.  One of the next steps for him is to get ahead in counts and then put guys away when ahead in counts.”

“If you want to be one of the elite players in the game, whether it’s hitters or pitchers, they do work the inside part of the plate.  Elite pitchers can go in for strikes, can go in off the plate and can move people when they have to.  That’s one of the parts that’s developing for Tyler.”

Jacob Stallings Impresses

With his father, ex-Pitt head coach Kevin, in attendance, Jacob Stallings threw out a couple of runners, had a hit, scored a run and nearly tied the game in the 9th, but for an outstanding Boston defensive play.  Stallings is hitting .333 this Spring and Hurdle said some think Stallings is an overachiever, Hurdle says he’s just achieving.

Brault shines in split squad vs. Toronto

In the same position as Tyler Glasnow, in that they are starters either fighting for a final spot in the rotation, looking at a job with the Pirates in the bullpen or being sent down, Steven Brault was impressive versus the Blue Jays Sunday.

Brault went four innings giving up only a hit, a walk and striking out one.  That lowers the Spring ERA for Brault, who would be the only lefty in the rotation, to 1.69.

Starling Marte hit his third homer off J.A. Happ and raised his average to .424.