Tyler Glasnow (0-1, 5.56 ERA) vs. Kyle Hart (0-0, 0.00 ERA)
The Tampa Bay Rays and Boston Red Sox will meet for the final time in this four-game series on Thursday. Fenway Park in Boston will once again be the scene for this meeting. The Rays were not intimidated by Fenway Park on Wednesday night, as they got ahead and didn’t look back. They were up by a score of 8-0 going into the bottom 4th.
That was all she wrote for the Red Sox, as they didn’t find the scoreboard until the 8th inning. The Red Sox put up 5 runs, but it was all window dressing in a blowout. Blake Snell looked good at Fenway last night, as he went 5 innings with 4 hits allowed and no earned runs. I’ve said before that I believe Snell is a tad on the overrated side, but we’ll see if he makes me eat my words, this season at least.
Snell has put together a couple of quality performances in his previous two appearances. For the Rays to have success in 2020, they are going to need for Snell to pitch like he’s expected to as an ace. They did a fine job negotiating with the Pittsburgh Pirates to acquire Tyler Glasnow and Austin Meadows.
Meadows recently made his return to the lineup after sitting on the IL to open the season. He sent a ball over the fence at Fenway to record his first home run of the year. Meadows will participate in his seventh game of the season on Thursday. In his first full season, Meadows hit .291 with 33 home runs in 138 games. All the Pirates could do is watch as Chris Archer continued to lose games.
Along with Meadows, Glasnow was included in the deal for Archer. And while Glasnow isn’t off to a terrific start in 2020, he’s a talented pitcher that will likely get back on track. Glasnow is scheduled to get the starting nod for the Rays in the series finale against the Red Sox. The Red Sox are expected to give 27-year-old Kyle Hart his first major league start on Thursday. Head below for our free Tampa Bay Rays vs. Boston Red Sox pick for August 13, 2020.
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Tyler Glasnow will make his fourth start of the season on Thursday evening in Boston. I will say that in two of three performances Glasnow looked like the ace of the club. His ERA of 5.56 and 1.50 WHIP is a bit deceptive. In his first two outings, Glasnow surrendered 3 earned runs in 8.2 innings of work against the Braves and Orioles.
Things were going swimmingly for Glasnow before he ran into the New York Yankees. The Yankees pounded Glasnow for 5 hits and 4 earned runs in 2.2 innings. That skewed his numbers in the wrong direction. His ERA went from a 3.12 to a 5.56 in just one start. In other words, an ERA of 5.56 isn’t indicative of Glasnow as a pitcher. Against a weaker opponent like the Red Sox, Glasnow should get back in the driver’s seat with a strong outing.
The Red Sox are 20th in the major leagues with 4.28 runs per game. This isn’t the same Red Sox offense from the past. They’ve taken a step for the worst and aren’t expected to improve much in 2020. Glasnow has been successful against these hitters in previous matchups. The Red Sox are hitting .228 with 3 home runs conceded in 60 at-bats.
He will be up against rookie Kyle Hart, who will be making his debut after spending his entire seven-year career in the minors. Hart posted an ERA of 3.52 between Double-A and Triple-A ball in 2019. He was waiting for the call to Boston, but that never happened. He gets his chance against the Rays who have found their stroke against the Red Sox. Tampa has scored 24 runs on the Red Sox in the last three days. I will side with Glasnow in what I see is a bounce-back spot for him.