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Tampa Bay Rays: 3 thoughts after the first 10 games

By Austin Reimann
PORT CHARLOTTE, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 17: Brandon Lowe #8 of the Tampa Bay Rays poses for a portrait during photo day on February 17, 2019 in Port Charlotte, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
PORT CHARLOTTE, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 17: Brandon Lowe #8 of the Tampa Bay Rays poses for a portrait during photo day on February 17, 2019 in Port Charlotte, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) /
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HOUSTON, TX – OCTOBER 17: Charlie Morton #50 of the Houston Astros pitches in the first inning against the Boston Red Sox during Game Four of the American League Championship Series at Minute Maid Park on October 17, 2018 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX – OCTOBER 17: Charlie Morton #50 of the Houston Astros pitches in the first inning against the Boston Red Sox during Game Four of the American League Championship Series at Minute Maid Park on October 17, 2018 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) /

Led by Cy Young Award winner Blake Snell, the Rays “rotation” in 2019 could be very special and we have already gotten a glimpse.

Cyzilla

Blake Snell recently made his spring debut against the Orioles on Thursday and he looks ready to defend his crown as the best pitcher in the American League. The lefty struck out two while walking one. Both strikeouts came on nasty curveballs.

Morton

Charlie Morton made his debut on Friday and was as advertised. The free agent signing threw an inning and a third while striking out 1. Nobody reached base.

Glasnow

While Tyler Glasnow’s numbers may not necessarily reflect how he has pitched this spring, the young righty has looked dominant at times. He has made 2 starts, with his most recent coming yesterday.

His numbers through two starts:

3 IP // 5 ER // 5K/2BB

At times the 6’8″ right-handed pitcher’s control has escaped him leading to extra base runners and eventually runs. But, he is working on some mechanical adjustments which include a pause mid delivery. His fastball/curveball combination has looked sharp at times and when he is on, he is very hard to square up.

The combination of Snell, Morton and Glasnow could be lethal this season. While the sample size is small, I am getting very excited to see these guys go three days out of five.

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