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Tampa Bay Rays: Strong pitching leads to series win

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ST PETERSBURG, FLORIDA - MARCH 28: Blake Snell #4 of the Tampa Bay Rays throws the first pitch of the season to George Springer #4 of the Houston Astros During Opening Day at Tropicana Field on March 28, 2019 in St Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)
ST PETERSBURG, FLORIDA - MARCH 28: Blake Snell #4 of the Tampa Bay Rays throws the first pitch of the season to George Springer #4 of the Houston Astros During Opening Day at Tropicana Field on March 28, 2019 in St Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)
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ST PETERSBURG, FLORIDA – MARCH 30: Tyler Glasnow #20 of the Tampa Bay Rays throws his first pitch in the first innning against the Houston Astros at Tropicana Field on March 30, 2019 in St Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)
ST PETERSBURG, FLORIDA – MARCH 30: Tyler Glasnow #20 of the Tampa Bay Rays throws his first pitch in the first innning against the Houston Astros at Tropicana Field on March 30, 2019 in St Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)

Tyler Glasnow:

  • 5 IP, W
  • 1 ER
  • 4K/1BB

After a rough spring, Tyler Glasnow dispelled any worries of a rocky start to his 2019. He did so by hurling 5 innings of 1 run baseball. Aside from one mistake made in the first inning to a probable MVP candidate in Alex Bregman, Glasnow was very effective throwing only 77 pitches, 51 for strikes.

After laboring through the first two innings, the lanky 6’8″ righty rebounded by throwing a combined 34 pitches over his final three innings of work. His effectiveness was crucial as Colin McCugh held the Rays hitless until the fifth. Glasnow exited after the Rays took the lead in the bottom of the 5th, qualifying him for the win.

Like we all expect, his fastball/curveball combination was filthy and extremely effective keeping hitters off-balance the entire game. His ability to locate his above-average fastball up in the zone is what will define his success going forward. When he does that he is basically untouchable as he can bury his curveball down and away from hitters.

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