Tampa Bay ace Tyler Glasnow is the latest pitcher to lend support to Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer, saying on a recent podcast that Phillies manager Joe Girardi was out of line in checking the Nationals ace for foreign substances mid-inning earlier this week.
“[My reaction would’ve been] probably worse than that. I think [Scherzer] handled it relatively well. That’s tough,” Glasnow said on a recent episode of The Chris Rose Rotation. “I know Joe Girardi’s, like, old school, but you gotta have more feel than that, you know. Like, half of your team uses a substance — more than half of your team. You know a lot of your pitchers are using something, or were anyway. How are you gonna do this to a guy like Max Scherzer?”
When the Washington Nationals took on the Philadelphia Phillies last week, Girardi had officials inspect the Nats’ starter Max mid-inning for sticky substances. Scherzer had already been checked twice in the game and took issue, but did comply with all requests made by the umps. Tyler Glasnow, Tampa Bay Rays ace and early-season frontrunner for the Cy Young Award, has a problem with Girardi’s stunt.
Earlier this season, Glasnow suffered a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament and a flexor tendon strain and said he undoubtedly believes the new sticky substance policy led to his injury.
“I am telling you I believe that’s why I got hurt. I’m frustrated they don’t understand. Pitchers need to be able to have some control & grip on the ball. Don’t want this to happen to anyone else, a fastball to slip away,” he said.
In the Nats’ 3-2 victory in Philadelphia that night, Scherzer conceded just two hits and one run with eight strikeouts in 5.0 innings pitched.
“It’s just bad. I really don’t understand why he was doing—like maybe Joe was just having a bad day. It just seems like a guy who’s been in baseball for so long would have more feel than to do something like that," Glasnow said.