Tampa Bay Rays manager Kevin Cash announced after their game four loss that Tyler Glasnow will start the decisive game five against the New York Yankees. This comes as a bit of a shock as Glasnow pitched last on Tuesday and will be on just two days rest.
Glasnow threw 93 pitches over five innings on Tuesday, striking out 10 and picking up the win. In the regular season, Glasnow had a 5-1 record with a 4.08 ERA. The Yankees will be starting their ace, Gerrit Cole, on just three days rest. He threw 95 pitches in Monday’s game one win.
Since both starters will be on short rest, it’s uncertain how deep they will go into the game. Deivi Garcia could be an option to piggyback off Cole if needed, and Blake Snell could do the same for Glasnow. With the game being a win or go home situation for both teams, just about every pitcher will be available for both teams. Each squad has their bullpens relatively rested, but Chad Green, Zack Britton, and Aroldis Chapman did see over an inning of work each for the Yankees.
The Yankees were able to stave off elimination in game four with a 5-1 victory. Luke Voit and Gleyber Torres each had mammoth home runs, while Kyle Higashioka had a pair of hits and an RBI. DJ LeMahieu also picked up two hits and drove in a run with a sacrifice fly. The Rays scored their lone run on a fielders choice in the third inning.
First pitch of game five is set for 7pm ET from Petco Park in San Diego. Brian Anderson and Ron Darling will have the call on TBS.