Tyler Glasnow Needs To Be Sent To Triple-A

May 12, 2017; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Tyler Glasnow reacts after giving up a home run in the third inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
May 12, 2017; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Tyler Glasnow reacts after giving up a home run in the third inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports /
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Being in the Major Leagues is no longer serving Tyler Glasnow or the Pittsburgh Pirates well

When the Pittsburgh Pirates announced Tyler Glasnow made the rotation out of Spring Training a lot of people, myself included, were excited. It also seemed like the logical move, as Glasnow had nothing left to prove at Triple-A. However, it is time for him to return to Triple-A.

I was a huge proponent of Tyler Glasnow making the starting rotation out of Spring Training. However, he now needs to be back at Triple-A. Not only are his struggles only hurting him and the Pirates, he is not one of the team’s 5 best starting pitchers.

Ever since he entered the rotation, Trevor Williams has emerged as a strong starting option. After being bombarded by the Dodgers in his first start, Williams has turned in 5 consecutive strong starts. In these 5 starts Williams owns a 2.83 ERA, 3.25 FIP, and has allowed just 25 hits and 1 home run in 28 2/3 innings pitched. He has also been the best pitcher in the National League at inducing soft contact during this time.

Gerrit Cole and Ivan Nova are anchored in the Pirate rotation. When Jameson Taillon returns, which should be this week, Trevor Williams needs to be as well. As for the fifth spot, it should be Steven Brault. But even current fifth starter Chad Kuhl is a better option right now than Glasnow.

Right now, Tyler Glasnow is getting hammered. On the season he has allowed a 32.6 percent hard contact rate, 21.0 percent line drive rate, and he owns an 18.5 percent HR/FB rate. Things have been even worse his past 3 starts as these numbers jump to 49.1 percent, 21.2 percent, and 26.3 percent.

This season, Tyler Glasnow has struggled immensely. At one point in April and May, he appeared to be turning a corner. He had a stretch where he went at least 5 innings and allowed 3 earned runs or less in 4 out of 5 starts.

Since then, however, Glasnow has struggled immensely. In his past 3 starts, Tyler Glasnow has allowed 15 earned runs on 16 hits and 5 home runs in 14 innings pitched. This has led to him posting a 9.64 ERA and a 7.08 FIP in these 3 starts.

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According to multiple reports, the Pittsburgh Pirates will be promoting Edgar Santana and A.J. Schugel to the Major Leagues today. To be honest, it would be a bit of a surprise if one of the corresponding moves was not Tyler Glasnow being sent to Triple-A. And at this point, that is what is the best for both Glasnow and the Pirates.

By no means am I giving up on Tyler Glasnow, nor should anyone else. He still has absolutely electric stuff, and his control, which has always been his biggest issue, has improved as the season has progressed. But for now, he’s best served to work on things at Triple-A.