Cactus League Game 2.5 – Even More Padres

marc w · February 24, 2013 at 10:55 am · Filed Under Mariners 

Erasmo Ramirez vs. Freddy Garcia, 12:05

This is an important season for Erasmo Ramirez, as the diminutive Nicaraguan tries to build on a breakout 2012 and solidify the rotation. The projection systems see him taking a step back, as his K rate actually increased in his MLB stint last year. On the other hand, by some pitch fx-based metrics, his change-up was one of the most effective pitches in baseball last year. I’ve been a big Erasmo fan for a while, but he’s shouldering some pressure this year for the first time.
The M’s will also use James Paxton, Carter Capps and Tom Wilhelmsen today. Ryan Divish had a nice blog post today on the ‘next Carter Capps,’ RHP Carson Smith who pitched a 1-2-3 inning yesterday.

1: Seager 3B
2: Andino 2B
3: Ibanez RF
4: Morse LF
5: Saunders CF
6: Montero DH
7: Catricala 1B
8: Zunino C
9: Franklin SS
SP: Erasmooooo

Nice to see Zunino start, and it’s encouraging to see Nick Franklin get some work at SS.

Larry Stone’s got a great article on the people behind the scenes in M’s spring training here.


6 Responses to “Cactus League Game 2.5 – Even More Padres”

  1. The_Waco_Kid on February 24th, 2013 12:13 pm

    Good 1st for Erasmo

  2. mrnostalgia on February 24th, 2013 12:37 pm

    Mmmm Freddy Garcia shelled for 5 runs in the first. I like.

  3. Westside guy on February 24th, 2013 12:47 pm

    Not a particularly good start for The Chief…

  4. Westside guy on February 24th, 2013 12:50 pm

    How does anyone not named Felix have an “88 mph changeup”?

  5. Westside guy on February 24th, 2013 2:07 pm

    Capps seems to be a bit wild…

  6. SonOfZavaras on February 25th, 2013 12:09 am

    They seem to be giving Catricala a lot of ABs early on. Maybe they hope he can be an internal-option 25th man on the roster, as a corner defender (1B,3B,LF,RF)?

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