The trade of Tyler Glasnow and Austin Meadows to Tampa Bay back in 2018 killed me. It felt like I was stabbed right in the gut. Glasnow’s and Meadows’ production in 2019 was the metaphorical twisting of that knife. I always viewed Glasnow as the future ace of the Pittsburgh rotation, with Jameson Taillon and Mitch Keller slotting in right behind him. Well, part of the equation was right. Glasnow is an ace, although it’s down in Tampa, and not in Pittsburgh. The Rays figured something out with the lanky right-hander and while the production was “fine” in the second half of 2018, there will little improvements that essentially paved the way for 60.2 Cy Young caliber innings from Glasnow in 2019.

Before an injury in May, Glasnow was the front runner for the Cy Young award. Through his first 48.1 innings of the year, he had a 1.86 ERA, a 30.1 percent strikeout rate with a miniscule 4.9 percent walk rate and an exceptional 1.69 GB/FB ratio. When he came back from injury he was...