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Glasnow worth growing pains

Over the years, the pitcher win has been valued less and less. Chalk it alongside hockey’s +/- and a quarterback’s win-loss record as fairly worthless stats that are more team accomplishments than an individual’s.

But danggummit, if there was ever a player who needs to get that first win out of the way, it’s Tyler Glasnow. The pressure of being a top prospect is a burden for any 20-something ballplayer, let alone a pitcher on a team that is desperate for starting pitching, in a city desperate for a winning club.

So how about we go a little easier on the kid, huh? Even after exiting Friday with only one earned run on his ledger, there were still a decent amount of boos mixed in with some half-hearted applause.

Yeesh.

At this time a year ago, fans were screaming “Viva la revolución” outside the front office when he was left off the opening day roster. When he was promoted, they were ready to place palm branches at his feet. After a few rough outings, the discussion has become whether he is a major leaguer.

“Maybe he needs more time in the minors.” “Maybe he can be a good reliever.” “Maybe he still has trade value.”

That’s crazy. So the 23 year old is having some growing pains. Not everyone can be a Jameson Taillon.

He’s pointed in the right direction, and nobody believes it more than the guy who has been connected to him in prospect talk for years: Josh Bell.

“That’s my brother out there,” Bell said. “We’ve been playing together for years now. He’s definitely making strides in the right direction, and he competed his tails off tonight.

“Sky is the limit for that kid, and we’ll see where it goes from here.”

It may be cliched to say, but the sky really is the limit for Glasnow. Even when he does not have his best stuff- Clint Hurdle said his pitches were better in Wrigley Saturday- he is learning to get outs with the curve.

“It was survival mode, I guess,” Glasnow said.

The outing could have easily gone the other direction. If Greg Bird can straighten out one of those screaming liners he hit off the Pirates Charities sign, this column goes from “lay off the kid” to the baseball equivalent of “leave Britney alone!”

But he beat Bird both times, both with curveballs. It got him a strikeout in the third and a groundball in the fifth. If Harrison does not make a two run error in the fifth, his night ends with five innings of one run ball and his first big league win against an above averaging lineup.

Mix in that improving curve with a gawked about four-seamer, a two-seamer and a good enough changeup, and he can be an ace.

This is not to say his game is flawless. There is still work to be done. Two walks in 4.2 innings is an encouraging step forward, but free passes are still an issue. Controlling the running game is a bigger problem. He has a sidestep delivery, but he needs to know when to use it.

He knows it, too.

“I think the last couple starts, as you see hasn’t been, obviously,spectacular, but it’s coming along,” Glasnow said. “Each start, it’s getting a little better. So just keep your head down, keep working and get out there for the next one.”

It’s time to let Glasnow keep working. It may take some time, but the payoff will be well worth it.

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