Tyler Glasnow Looking to Pitch the Pirates to a Series Victory

ATLANTA, GA - MAY 23: Tyler Glasnow
ATLANTA, GA - MAY 23: Tyler Glasnow /

Right-handed pitcher Tyler Glasnow will return to the Pittsburgh Pirates’ starting rotation on Wednesday night and he will look to pitch his team to a series victory.

After spending nearly the past four months at Triple-A, right-handed pitcher Tyler Glasnow is returning to the Pirates’ starting rotation. His return will happen tonight when the Bucs go for a series victory over the Milwaukee Brewers.

Tonight will be Tyler Glasnow’s 13th Major League start this season. Hopefully, this will start a stretch for Glasnow that will go better than those first 13 starts did. Glasnow finishing the 2017 season strong would be huge for the Pirates.

In those 13 starts earlier this season Tyler Glasnow allowed 75 hits, 12 home runs, and he hit a pair of batters in 54 1/3 innings pitched. While he averaged a healthy 8.28 K/9, his walk rate of 4.80 BB/9 was entirely too high.

All of this added up to Glasnow owning a 7.45 ERA, 5.89 FIP, and a 5.17 xFIP at the Major League level this season.

Upon being optioned back to Triple-A Tyler Glasnow made changes. He tweaked with his delivery, started to pitch inside more, and began more aggressive. Additionally, he also began to pitch exclusively out of the stretch. These changes led to Glasnow posting the most dominant numbers of his professional career.

With changes made Tyler Glasnow averaged 13.50 K/9, just 3.09 BB/9, and he allowed just 57 hits and six home runs in 93 1/3 innings pitched for the Indianapolis Indians. He hit just one batter and posted a 1.93 ERA, 2.23 FIP, and a 2.17 xFIP.

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It is now time to see if the changes Tyler Glasnow has made will translate to the Major Leagues. If they do, it could be a big step toward filling out the 2018 Pirate rotation. One of the Bucs’ best chances of competing in 2012 is for Tyler Glasnow to begin to reach his potential to help solidify the rotation.

First pitch for tonight’s series finale from Miller Park is scheduled for 8:10. With a victory, the Pittsburgh Pirates will win this three-game series while improving to 10-6 against the Brewers this season.