26 Days Until Camp Opens
With less than a calendar month to go before baseball begins to smell new again we wanted to spend each day going through some of the best performances in 2016. Using game WPA for 15 starting pitcher and hitter performances we hope to be able to take you on a trip down memory lane each day.
The starter version of Erasmo Ramirez is a nice piece to have around. He’ll typically get you through a lineup twice before it is a good idea to go to the pen, but within that limited window he can be quite good. That was the case very early on last year when the Rays called upon their secret weapon to fill a start against the White Sox. Boy, did he ever.
Erasmo did his thing facing 20 batters and only allowing three hits. The no walks with four strikeouts pairs nicely with both the meat and the fish, as well. The team even managed to put up enough runs to make this lead Geltz-proof, though he would do his best to give it away. Here’s an extended interview with Erasmo following his very nice start:
There will come a time this season when Erasmo will again be tabbed to toe the bump. Heck, he’s in the running to start the season as the team’s fifth starter. More performances like this would help him win the spot and hopefully give him a chance to contribute to some team success.