CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The West Virginia Power is in the postseason for the first time since 2008, which might be the last time Tyler Glasnow allowed a hit.
OK, so that's not true. Glasnow has allowed a baserunner here and there this season, but after his birthday on Aug. 23, he is no longer a teenager dominating the South Atlantic League.
He's getting better in his 20s.
The 6-foot-7, 195-pound, 20-year-old strikeout machine will get the ball tonight when West Virginia hosts Hagerstown in Game 1 of the best-of-three series.
First pitch at Appalachian Power Park is 7:05.
Glasnow brings an 11-inning hitless streak into the series, which will conclude either Friday or Saturday in Hagerstown, depending how these first two games go.
There was a buzz in the Power clubhouse Wednesday as the second-half champs in the Sally League's Northern Division prepared for a workout.
Having the club's "1" going in Game 1 helps.
"It set up nice for us," first-year Power Manager Mike Ryan said. "But we know it's going to be a challenge for him."
Pfft. Not much has been a challenge for Glasnow in his first year of full-season professional baseball, except for a tad too many walks.
The Power may be offering free tickets to tonight's playoff opener, but Glasnow needs to keep the free passes at a minimum. He walked 10 in 12 2/3 innings against Hagerstown this season. Of course, he allowed only six hits, three earned runs and struck out 16 in three meetings with the Suns.
Overall, the 2011 fifth-round draft pick is 9-3 with a 2.18 earned-run average and a club-record 164 strikeouts in 111 1/3 innings. He's allowed either zero or one hit in five of his last six outings and has a scoreless streak of 18 innings.