The Cactus League Pushes Inexorably Onward: Mariners at Rockies
Erasmo Ramirez vs. Someone, 1:05pm
The subtext in Greg Johns’ story here is pretty clear – the last rotation spot seems to be a contest now between Blake Beavan and today’s starter, Erasmo Ramirez. The two reclamation projects each pitched yesterday, and this weekend it’s the M’s youngsters turn to lay claim to the #5 spot. I hope I’m wrong about this. Erasmo Ramirez has clearly – clearly – earned the rotation spot based on his work down the stretch last year, and he’s done nothing this spring to indicate that his performance was a fluke.
Might he regress? Sure. His K rate exceeded his minor league rate (not his MLE, but his raw K rate in the minors) and his walk rate dropped. But so what? Regress it and you’ve still got a very very good starter. His home run rate could increase too, but it’d still be better than Beavan’s, and it would quite likely be better than Garland’s, even if Garland’s “back” from his shoulder woes. Erasmo’s quite good, and the M’s could use a good pitcher to slot in behind Felix and Iwakuma.
So the Dutch stomped all over the M’s yesterday as old marc w favorite Wlad Balentien hit a towering 3 run HR in the first to set the tone. Jon Garland got hit hard, but he did rack up a strangely high number of strikeouts. Franklin Gutierrez is still sidelined with a leg injury, though the plan is apparently for him to return to the line-up tomorrow.
The line-up for today’s 1:05pm start:
1: Saunders, CF
2: Seager, 3B
3: Morales, 1B
4: Morse, LF
5: Montero, DH
6: Peguero, RF
7: Sucre, C
8: Franklin, 2B
9: Ryan, SS
SP: Erasmo Ramirez