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Tyler Glasnow says he was tipping pitches against Astros

Tyler Glasnow

Tyler Glasnow was rocked by the Houston Astros from the start of the deciding Game 5 of the ALDS on Thursday night. The ace allowed four straight hits to start the game and gave up four runs in the first to put his Tampa Bay Rays in a huge hole.

Immediately after the Astros’ offense broke out, speculation began that Houston figured out Glasnow was tipping his pitches. A.J. Pierzynski on the FOX telecast noted the Astros “were talking,” which seemed to be a hint he thought they had figured something out. Numerous other current or former MLB players on social media also stated their belief Glasnow was tipping.

Trevor Plouffe, who spent time with the Phillies in spring training, said Glasnow was easy to decipher in March. Kevin Frandsen added that Glasnow did not make adjustments between ALDS starts.

Well, after his Rays lost 6-1 on Thursday, Glasnow said he looked at video and it was “pretty obvious” he was tipping his fastball.

Rays manager Kevin Cash said they knew there was talk about the matter, but he downplayed the issue.

A video clip from the first inning showed Alex Bregman talking to Carlos Correa after scoring a run and passing along a message to the shortstop. There was some speculation that Bregman was passing along a note about Glasnow tipping.

Whatever Bregman said didn’t seem to help much as Correa still struck out.

The Astros seem to be experts at picking up tells from opposing pitchers, which also happened in the World Series. They have even faced accusations of improper video sign-stealing. Like Cash said, even if the Astros knew something, they still have to execute, which isn’t easy against a guy like Glasnow, who throws 99 mph and has a great breaking ball.


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