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Dodgers’ Dave Roberts On Tyler Glasnow: ‘He’s Better Than I Thought’

The Los Angeles Dodgers have taken precautions with their ace this season pitching him on mostly on five days’ rest and sometimes more. He has pitched on regular rest once this season.

Tyler Glasnow started Saturday night’s game against the Los Angeles Angels and was dominant. He struck out 10 in seven innings and only needed 74 pitches. He improved to 8-5 and lowered his ERA to 2.88. The Dodgers won 7-2.



More importantly, he has pitched 100 this innings which is something he has only accomplished twice before. His career-high is 120 for a season and he reached that mark last season with Tampa Bay. He ranks first in the Major Leagues with 135 strikeouts and WHIP (0.87) and third in innings pitched.

“We saw him in ’20. I’d see him once in a while when I would catch a game here and there when the Rays were playing, I’d talk to hitters. I just really have come to really like the guy and appreciate what he does,” said manager Dave Roberts. “But just seeing him every sixth or seventh day, once in a while fifth day, it’s pretty special. It really is. The swing-and-miss stuff. He has a ball that now, that sinker’s added another element to him. So he’s better than I thought.”

Roberts has acknowledged in the past that he needs to save his bullets and Saturday was another example. For the first time since May 4, the Dodgers gave Glasnow at least four runs of support.

They were up big and Sunday is an off day. Roberts opted to get the bullpen some work and pulled the trigger on Glasnow, who wasn’t upset to leave the game when he did.

“I think it’s more just about longevity and trying to stay healthy and just do this thing until playoffs and try to go deep,” Glasnow said. “So I think the long game is kind of what we’re after.”

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Maren Angus

Maren Angus-Coombs was born in Los Angeles and raised in Nashville, Tenn. She is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University and has been a sports writer since 2008. Despite being raised in the South, her sports obsession has always been in Los Angeles. She is currently a staff writer for Dodgers Nation and the LA Sports Report Network.

3 Comments

  1. I was a bit disappointed that he was pulled. When was the last complete game for the Dodgers – there have been none this year for the Dodgers, only 13 all year. I know it wasn’t important, maybe saving his arm was more important. But Glasnow could have thrown a CG on 90 pitches that day. This is an accomplishment, a fan attraction, but CGs are about as rare today as no-hitters used to be. Very little opportunity for CG shutouts, no-hitters, perfect games any more.

    1. Durability for the season is much more important than a regular complete game, which is a huge ‘meh’ for most fans. Your last sentence seems to imply there is something about a CG being akin with the other two. Fans want wins, period. And wins when it really counts – October. Most teams know this and don’t waste their ace’s arm on a meaningless CG. If he were throwing a no hitter, he would have remained in the game, especially with a relatively low pitch count (74). With his history of low durability, it’s a completely reasonable to pull him after a good start anytime after the no hitter was gone. The article says his career high for IP is 120 and he’s at 100 now. And we’re right at about halfway through the season. I understand that you like them, but with our recent track record of few healthy starters come the playoffs, think long term! LFG LAD!

  2. I was a bit disappointed that he was pulled. When was the last complete game for the Dodgers – there have been none this year for the Dodgers, only 13 all year. I know it wasn’t important, maybe saving his arm was more important. But Glasnow could have thrown a CG on 90 pitches that day. This is an accomplishment, a fan attraction, but CGs are about as rare today as no-hitters used to be. Very little opportunity for CG shutouts, no-hitters, perfect games any more……

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