Pirates rookie scuffles in 4th, 5th innings vs. Mets
By Jonathan Toye
PITTSBURGH -- Pirates right-hander Tyler Glasnow has revealed flashes of potential throughout the season. Those same flashes were present in the first three innings of his start Sunday night against the Mets. But the next two innings showed that Glasnow is far from a finished product.
He allowed eight hits and five earned runs in a 7-2 loss to the Mets at PNC Park, with seven of those hits and all five runs occurring in the fourth and fifth innings.
"I kind of just lost the feel for things," Glasnow said. "It's good to know that when I have my stuff, it's hard to hit. It's a little frustrating knowing that from one inning to the next it can kind of turn like that."
Sunday night's start wasn't the only time Glasnow had encountered trouble. The rookie earned the fifth spot in the Pirates' rotation at the end of Spring Training but struggled to begin the season. He carried a 7.98 ERA through seven starts, only completing the sixth inning in two of those outings.
But he showed improvement in his previous two starts, only allowing four earned runs in 11 innings in that stretch.
That progress carried over into Sunday, as Glasnow only allowed one hit and retired seven straight batters in the first three frames. His fastballs had velocity and were landing in the bottom of the strike zone. His curveballs had break.
Then came the fourth inning. His fastball had less velocity, and his curveball didn't have as deep of a break. Jay Bruce hit a one-out single in the fourth. Then Neil Walker singled, and Asdrubal Cabrera followed with a double. The fifth brought more of the same, with the Mets scoring three more runs to bring Glasnow's day to a close.
"I just think [my delivery] was kind of getting long and losing the angle," Glasnow said. "That's kind of been the theme of when things have gotten bad this year for me, but from the beginning of the year until now it's been so much better. So I just got to keep rolling with it and improve it."
Glasnow acknowledged that he can't dwell on his last outing. He has to put it behind him the following day and prepare for his next start. He knows he can pitch at a high level in the Majors, and he's proven that at certain points. He now just has to show that for an entire start.
"Failure up here is definitely a really good way to learn how to pitch. It's been really good. But it's also been really frustrating," Glasnow said. "It's frustrating knowing that the stuff I have and the stuff I know I can go out there and throw. I just haven't had it all year, but it's coming along.
"There are flashes of it."
Jonathan Toye is a reporter for MLB.com based in Pittsburgh. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.