Well the Rays have come to town, and with them they brought a few familiar faces in Nick Franklin and one Erasmo Ramirez, owner of a 3-2 record with a dicey 5.53 ERA during this early 2015 season. In a way, he's been the Erasmo we always thought he would be thus far--leaving things hanging, either having impeccable command or throwing shit up there like its darts hour at the corner pub down the street, giving up nine runs in three innings and then pitching five innings of one-hit ball. As a result, he's actually been a little better since the middle of May, dropping his ERA down to a slick 3.13 after going 3-1 over four games, exciting Rays fans and prognosticators alike with the hopes that he can finally put something together that will suggest the promise he has always been able to show.
But of course, his FIP and xFIP have remained virtually unchanged in for the entire season, and the reality is that we don't really know any more (or any less) about Erasmo than we did since we last saw him. He opened the season out of the Rays' pen, and promptly put in the two worst outings of his entire career before settling down a bit and returning to the starting rotation with a few decent games. Tonight he will either be terrible, or string together a few productive innings with two runs and four strikeouts, because that's usually always the way these things go. Well, except for former M's pitchers, in which case we will not bring up Hector Noesi and just continue on with this little exercise la la la, thank you very much.
IN OTHER NEWS................
Marinwrs DFA Ruggiano.— Greg Johns (@GregJohnsMLB) June 4, 2015
You have a few possible reactions.
One could be rage, that's for sure. Perhaps incredulity, shock. I mean it's not like Ruggiano's wRC+ of 99 was sixth-best on the team. It's not like Rickie Weeks' wRC+ of 59 was much worse or anything. It's not like....well....boy this could be bad. Very bad. At least he got DFA'd by the Marinwrs, because otherwise we could really be in trouble.
|TAMPA BAY RAYS||SEATTLE MARINERS|
|Brandon Guyer - LF||Austin Jackson - CF|
|Joey Butler - DH||Robinson Cano - 2B|
|Evan Longoria - 3B||Nelson Cruz - RF|
|Logan Forsythe - 2B||Kyle Seager - 3B|
|Steven Souza - RF||Mark Trumbo - DH|
|Jake Elmore - 1B||Seth Smith - LF|
|Asdrubal Cabrera - SS||Logan Morrison - 1B|
|Mikie Mahtook - CF||Mike Zunino - C|
|Rene Rivera - C||Brad Miller - SS|
|Erasmo Ramirez - RHP||Roenis Elias - LHP|
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