Former MLB players suggest Rays' Game 5 starter was tipping pitches

Ross Houston
October 15, 2019

The Astros' righty was awful in his Game 3 start on the road to the Rays, a 10-3 loss for the Astros.

Tampa Bay Rays starter Tyler Glasnow admitted that he knew he was tipping his pitches after he gave up four runs in the first inning to the Houston Astros in the team's eventual Game 5 loss in the ALDS.

"The @RaysBaseball using multiple signs from the catcher to the pitcher with no @astros on base. folks, that means the Rays feel there is a camera on their catchers signs & that someway #Houston is relaying them to the hitters", McClung wrote on Twitter.

MLB Network's Harold Reynolds and Dan Plesac provided an excellent first-person breakdown of what the Astros had caught on to.

Instead of the Rays heading to NY for the ALCS, the Yankees will be in Houston for Game 1 on Saturday night.

Michael Brantley and Altuve put the ending touches on this victory, hitting back-to-back house runs within the eighth. That is what the Yankees will come up against in Game 3 of the ALCS come Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium. He surrendered five hits and struck out three.

Zack Greinke should get the start in game one Saturday at Minute Maid Park followed by Justin Verlander. As dominant as Cole has been, it would be great to have him early in the series, but if the ALCS goes the distance, he would be set up to pitch the third and seventh games. "I don't know if that is what it was, but when I look back, it was pretty obvious".

Things need to turn around quickly for the Astros or their 107 regular-season wins will be of little consolation - and the small-budget Rays will be the ones getting their shot at the Yankees. Blake Snell, last year's AL Cy Young victor who lost Game 2 and saved Game 4, took over for 1 1/3 innings before manager Kevin Cash used seven more relievers to finish the game - six of them didn't even throw a full inning. "I left some pitches that were there to hit over the middle of the plate".

"This team is special, and the reason that we're special is because different guys step up every single night", Bregman said.

"I love the opportunity we have", Hinch said.

"We stepped up tonight, " he said.

Cole had recorded at least 1 strikeout in 73 consecutive innings (reg. and postseason) dating back to August 1.

In that stretch, Cole has had 10 straight starts with double-digit strikeouts. On that day, Glasnow allowed two runs on four hits over 4⅔ innings.

Roberto Osuna pitched a hitless ninth to finish off the win.

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