Game 119, Mariners at Rays
Stepping in to get a game thread up, after we missed yesterday. Brad Miller was the big story, but it’s also worth taking a look at what Erasmo Ramirez is doing. Seriously, the guy is 4-0 with a 7.06 ERA – yes, in analytical terms those are numbers we don’t want to focus on, but it’s still a bizarre combination. Normally, you would think that kind of record belongs to a bad reliever who vultures wins by coming in with leads, giving up some runs, and then getting bailed out by his offense. But Ramirez has done this as a starter.
Similar to what Dave and Jeff have been talking about with respect to Farquhar, there’s also some divergence between results and performance here. Ramirez’s FIP is 5.25, and his xFIP is a practically respectable 4.03. Understanding how those are derived, you won’t be surprised to know that the differences are mostly due to home runs. Ramirez is giving up more flyballs than last year, and then they are going out of the park at insane rates. We’ll see if that normalizes over the rest of the year. Anyway, today’s game features:
The pitching matchup of Harang versus Price is not one we necessarily want to dwell on, other than the tidbit that this is the first time Price has pitched against the Mariners in his career. Also, the right-left imbalance of the current roster is showing.