Rays starter Tyler Glasnow delivered seven strong innings Tuesday night against the Yankees, scattering four hits, three runs and two walks over 100 pitches with many clocking in at 97-98 mph. The 6’8” hurler also contributed eight strikeouts in the no-decision, raising his season total to 106, second-most in the majors behind reigning American League Cy Young winner Shane Bieber. Not scheduled to pitch again until Sunday at Texas, Glasnow ventured to Greenwich Village Wednesday, playing chess with locals at Washington Square Park.
Some on Twitter (including teammate Chris Betts) questioned the right-hander’s tactics, noting his ambitious, borderline reckless queen maneuver, though as pointed out by Cespedes Family Barbecue, Glasnow probably didn’t have all day to spend in Manhattan with his presence required at Yankee Stadium later that evening. An avid chess player, Glasnow has made a habit of playing whenever he comes to the Big Apple (h/t to Matt Monagan and Adam Berry of MLB.com), testing his skills against New York’s best and brightest. And before you ask, yes, Glasnow did watch Queen’s Gambit on Netflix.
Here’s Glasnow posing for a selfie with fan Victor Fucci, who booked it to Washington Square Park upon seeing the 27-year-old’s Instagram story.
The AL East-leading Rays salvaged a series split with the Bombers by taking Thursday’s finale in the Bronx, benefiting from an uncharacteristically shaky performance by Glasnow’s former Pirates teammate Gerrit Cole, who was shelled for five runs in the losing effort.