Cole To Face Former Teammate Glasnow In Game 5

Gerrit Cole and Tyler Glasnow were part of the Pirates 2011 draft class

Adam Spolane
October 09, 2019 - 4:25 pm

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HOUSTON (SportsRadio 610)- A couple of things stood out to Gerrit Cole the first time he met Tyler Glasnow.

"I remember him being taller than everybody," Cole recalled before Glasnow started game one of the Astros American League Division Series against the Tampa Bay Rays. "He is really actually a joy to watch run. I don't know if you've ever seen him run, but he's a pretty special runner."

The Astros didn't see the 6'8 Glasnow run that Friday afternoon at Minute Maid Park, but he did pitch, holding the Astros to two runs over 4.1 innings. Now, on Thursday night the two former Pirates will face-off with a berth in the American League Championship Series on the line.

Pittsburgh selected Glasnow, then just 17-years old at the time, in the sixth round of the draft they took Cole with the top overall pick, and after seeing him stand up and run, Cole quickly realized the kind could really throw the baseball.

"At that time, he was pretty inconsistent, but still saw him throw 99, 100 on the backfields, which being early in professional baseball probably some extra adrenaline. But hard to get adrenaline going on the backfield. So knew that it was something unique."

Glasnow struggled in parts of three big league seasons with the Pirates, compiling a 5.79 ERA in 56 games. He was dealt to the Rays last July as part of the package that netted Pittsburgh Chris Archer, and he beat the Astros in his first start of 2019. A forearm strain derailed most of his season, but he still finished with an ERA of 1.78 with 76 strikeouts in 60.2 innings. 

"It seems that he's just been able to think a little bit less and have a better identity of what he's trying to throw."

Glasnow was tagged with the loss in game one, but he held the Astros off the board for four innings only to be undone by a leadoff walk to Josh Reddick in the fifth followed by a Jose Altuve home run on his 76th and final pitch of the afternoon. On Thursday, he'll take the mound opposite an old teammate who is proud of how he's grown since meeting him for the first time as a tall teenager.