Glasnow had long been considered one of Pittsburgh’s best pitching prospects with a fastball-curveball combination that excited fans and scouts alike. Baseball Prospectus wrote in 2014 that he has “one of the highest ceilings around.”
The Pirates tried to caution fans that Glasnow was still developing despite his call up to the rotation. After all, the guy is only 23 years old. There’s plenty for him to perfect and plenty of time for him to do it.
So keep that all in mind when you see just how Glasnow’s fared in his first two starts this season.
His first game against the Cincinnati Reds ended after just 1.2 innings, four hits, five earned runs, five walks, and one strike out. He threw just 35 strikes in 64 pitches.
But a ballooning ERA after one start for a young pitcher isn’t uncommon — even if that ERA did read 27.00 — so the hope was he’d come back strong in his second outing after getting some jitters out of his system.
Unfortunately, Glasnow’s next start happened to come against the Chicago Cubs. At Wrigley Field. With the wind blowing out.
Suffice it to say, his day did not begin well.
After one inning and 24 pitches, the Cubs were already up 4-0.
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Statcast clocked that at 105 mph and 451 feet.
Look, there’s little, if any, shame in this outing. Even the game’s best pitchers would be shaking in their stirrups at the thought of staring down the Cubs’ lineup at Wrigley with the wind in their face.
It also didn’t help that Glasnow’s counterpart on Saturday was former Cy Young winner Jake Arrieta.
Fortunately for the Pirates, Glasnow’s day got better as it went on. He exited after five innings with six hits, seven strikeouts, two walks and four earned runs.
Some positives here: Glasnow did make it through two frames and has gotten his ERA well below 20.00. That’s something Pittsburgh can work with.
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