All of our fears about Tyler Glasnow unfortunately came true tonight in a 7-1 loss to the Reds. Glasnow took the mound to make his season debut, and did not go well.
Billy Hamilton singled to lead off the game (what else is new?), stole second immediately and after Glasnow got Jose Peraza to pop up, he walked four straight batters, including two runs. Ray Searage made a mound visit in between the four walks, adamantly telling Glasnow to go after the hitters. A third run scored on a groundout before Glasnow got the third out.
The Pirates let Hurdle see a second inning and after getting the opposing pitcher Brandon Finnegan out, Hamilton singled again, Peraza singled, Votto struck out, Adam Duvall ripped a two-RBI single to make it 5-0. This time, Hurdle made a visit to the mound with a message for Glasnow, which led to another walk and Hurdle had seen enough. Glasnow’s final line was a brutal 1.2 innings, four hits, five runs, five walks and one strikeout.
Say what you will about Glasnow and his talent, but this outing was difficult to watch. He struggled with control (again), over thought it and struggled to get any outs or rhythm together. Again, this is why we’ve stated repeatedly on our podcast that Glasnow should be at Triple-A for at least six weeks to work through some things. Anyone saying “Glasnow has nothing left to prove in the minors” is wrong, in my opinion. Yes, he was nearly unhittable at Triple-A last year, but he still managed to walk five hitters per nine innings. And that’s with minor league hitters swinging at his stuff outside the zone. I think he’s best served to be in Indy, keep his walk number in check, showing consistency and not running up a large pitch count.
If the Pirates were the Reds and not planning on competing this year then I’d say let Glasnow sink or swim in the Majors, but the team can’t afford watching Glasnow scuffle and destroying the bullpen every fifth day. Ultimately, I think Glasnow will be fine and develop into that top of the rotation pitcher, but he’s just not their right now.
As for the offense, they loaded the bases twice in the first three innings both times with no outs…and only managed one run. And that was basically it for the Pirates chances in this game. Finnegan was not effective either, going just two plus innings with four hits and five walks, but the Bucs just couldn’t get that big hit…or any hit with bases loaded.
Some good news? Wade LeBlanc tossed 5.1 solid innings of relief with just one run allowed on a home run by Eugenio Suarez to help save the bullpen. And that’s about it for good news from Monday night.