Tyler Glassnow Showing Signs of Progress in New Bullpen Role

Glasnow's five strikeout performance was bright spot in Pirates first loss of the season

Noah Hiles
April 05, 2018 - 3:13 pm

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Written by: Noah Hiles

PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) – As the Pirates suffered their first loss of the season 7-3 to the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday night one of the few bright spots on a dark snowy evening was the three strong innings pitched out of the bullpen by newly transitioned reliever, Tyler Glasnow.

A starter on last seasons opening day roster, Glasnow struggled with control in 2017 and was later sent down to the minors in hopes that he could learn from his shortcomings that he experienced his first time around in the big leagues. Entering spring training for the upcoming year, the Pirates were faced with the daunting task of finding a role for Glasnow being that they had no spot for him in the starting rotation while he also had nothing to gain from playing another season in triple A with Indianapolis. As a result, the decision was made to carry an extra pitcher on their opening day roster and to use Glasnow along with Steven Brault, another starting pitcher, as dual long relievers.

“The warmup process is a lot different, but when you get out there it is all the same” said Glasnow.

Following his first outing of the season where he threw two scoreless innings in the second game in their double header on Easter Sunday against the Detroit Tigers, Glasnow was called to duty in the seventh inning last night to stop the bleeding after the Pirates had allowed four runs to blow their 3-2 lead that they previously had held.

Glasnow finished the remainder of the game allowing one run on two hits while striking out five batters and giving up two walks in three innings of work. Overall, in a young season where Pittsburgh has had few postitive performances from their bullpen, Glasnow’s outing was something for Pirate fans to feel optimistic about.

“I like it so far,” said Glasnow when asked how he felt with his new pitching role. “I like the change up of get up and get ready no matter how you feel”.

Glasnow credited his ability to stay aggressive and throw his curveball and other secondary pitches for strikes as to why he has had success early on in 2018. Just one week into the season, Glasnow is currently tied with starter Ivan Nova for second on the team with seven strikeouts and has the second lowest ERA (1.80) out of any Pirates bullpen pitcher that has pitched more than two innings this year.