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Tampa Bay Rays News and Links: Rays have the fastest throwing starting pitchers in baseball

Blake Snell, Charlie Morton, and Tyler Glasnow really know how to dial it up

MLB: Toronto Blue Jays at Tampa Bay Rays Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports took a look at some of the rotations around the league and compared their fastballs. They discovered that the Tampa Bay Rays front three of Blake Snell, Tyler Glasnow, and Charlie Morton were the hardest throwing in the entire league, as the three of them averaged just under 96 miles per hour consistently.

Now, this is without the opener, so they’re comparing three pitchers in the rotation to the usual five in opposing rotations, but nonetheless, it’s impressive stat for the Rays pitching staff.

The Rays get a big asterisk in this spot, with only three true starters included due to their use of the opener. Counting Ryan Yarbrough (89.2 mph), who pitched 147 1/3 innings last year despite making just six starts, would bring down that average. On the other hand, the live-armed Glasnow has a shot to play a bigger role in Tampa Bay’s rotation after coming over from Pittsburgh last summer.

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