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Tyler Glasnow will be the Tampa Bay Rays Opening Day starter for 2021

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The announcement came with a successful spring training start on St. Patrick’s Day

Tampa Bay Rays v Pittsburgh Pirates Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images

Prior to facing his former team on Wedneday, Tyler Glasnow has officially been named the starting pitcher for the Tampa Bay Rays on Opening Day when the team will take on the Marlins on Thursday, April 1st in Miami.

The 2021 season will mark Glasnow’s fourth season with the Rays since being acquired along with outfielder Austin Meadows at the 2018 trade deadline.

Glasnow has dominated opposing batters while as a member of the Rays, but has only pitched in a total of 24 regular season games over his three years with the club. This is due to Glasnow dealing with injuries during the 2019 season and then the 2020 pandemic afflicted campaign in which the regular season was shortened to just 60 games.

While with the Rays, Glasnow has blossomed into the pitcher the Pittsburgh Pirates had always envisioned but weren’t able to cultivate. His walk rate has plummeted while his strikeouts have surged with Glasnow mastering his arsenal and aggressively attacking opposing hitters.

During the 2020 season, Glasnow registered a 38.2 K% over 57 13 innings pitched, ranking 3rd in the big leagues behind Shane Bieber and Jacob deGrom, and will look to take another step forward in 2021 with the addition of his new hard slider.

The announcement was made yesterday in as casual a way possible, an instant classic from skipper Kevin Cash:

Glasnow reportedly received the news just as casually from Cash himself during an office visit...

Tyler Glasnow is set to become the 14th different Opening Day starting pitcher in franchise history, and the fourth different one in four straight years for Tampa Bay (Archer ‘18, Snell ‘19, Morton ‘20).