Game 73, Mariners at Padres
Erasmo Ramirez vs. Jesse Hahn, 3:40 pm
I don’t really want to talk about last night’s game any more than the rest of you might. The excitement that I gain from the Mariners being over .500 and still competitive this late is too often negated by their inability to get Felix his wins.
I didn’t expect to be writing about Erasmo Ramirez still, after all these starts by Walker in Tacoma, but perhaps the Padres writers in the rival bizarro version of our universe didn’t expect to be writing about Hahn either, being their guy who vaulted from double-A to the majors. Hahn is one of an increasing number of drafted players who had TJ before or just after turning pro. He’s got the two varieties of fastball, which can touch in the mid-to-high 90s if he puts all he has into it, and he’s got a curve and a change-up as well. He gets to face off against our lefty-heavy lineup plus John Buck as the designated Erasmo catcher.
Hahn is not a pitcher for whom we have a lot of data at the moment (9.2 innings in the majors thus far), but in his time here we’ve seen groundballs, Ks, and also walks and dingers. FIP basically hates him. In the minor leagues he was extremely not-dinger-prone, had an easier time hitting his spots, and didn’t strike out so many. My knee-jerk reaction from seeing the Mariners face unknown pitchers for some years now is to throw a hooded robe on and go wandering about muttering “doom” and other punchy Anglo-Saxon-derived monosyllabics.
Today in the minor leagues, we have possible Erasmo replacement Taijuan Walker starting again. No, I don’t have a Charlie Furbush replacement to talk about (Luetge isn’t worth the exchange, I think). Tyler Olson goes in Jackson, Scott DeCecco is in High Desert, some TBD in Clinton, Blake Holovach in Everett, and now Pulaski is opening up their season. I don’t have a lot to say about them as the roster typically has high-end summer league prospects and everyone else who was drafted in the later rounds, so it’s not a roster one ever has a good gauge on, before or sometimes after. Most of these games are now in session after the all-star breaks of the respective leagues, so this is as good a time as any to mention that Austin Wilson, who was hitting .300/.380/.527 at the time, was not selected to his league’s team which is some real BS. He should at least be in the Cal League soon.
RF Endy Chavez
CF James Jones
2B Robinson Cano
3B Kyle Seager
1B Logan Morrison
C John Buck
LF Dustin Ackley
SS Rad Miller
RHP Erasmo Ramirez