ST. PETERSBURG — Reflecting Monday afternoon on Tyler Glasnow’s first two starts of the season and the strides he’s taken already this year, Rays manager Kevin Cash summed it up like this: “I don’t think we could’ve asked for much more.”
Then Glasnow went out Monday night and gave the Rays more, setting personal bests by striking out 14 over 7 2/3 innings in Tampa Bay’s 1-0 win over Texas at Tropicana Field. It was a career night for the 27-year-old right-hander — an elite performance by one of the game’s most talented pitchers.
Glasnow fell one strikeout short of tying the Rays’ single-game record held by Chris Archer and James Shields. He set a Rays record in the pitch-tracking era (since 2008) by forcing the Rangers to swing and miss 27 times, surpassing the previous high mark of 26 set by Blake Snell on May 12, 2019.
Glasnow got some help from his defense when he needed it, with center fielder Brett Phillips making a spectacular catch in the second inning and another in the fifth. And he received all the run support he needed in the seventh, when Willy Adames launched his second home run of the season out to left-center field off Rangers lefty Taylor Hearn.