OK, so what do we make of this? After struggling most of the season, here’s Erasmo Ramirez with one of the best games of the year.
Not just 10 strikeouts, but 20 swing-and-miss pitches. And 12 on the changeup alone! Clearly, e-RAM had the Mets completely confused. He had command of both the fastball and the change, and consistent release point and movement with both.
With Felix Hernandez, the change is similar in velocity (93 vs. 90) but different movement. Same with the difference between Hisashi Iwakuma’s fastball and splitter (90 vs. 86). With Erasmo, the main difference is the 10 mph difference in velocity. And the “whipsaw” between the 90 fastball and and 80 change had the Mets bamboozled.
Here’s what the “whipsaw” looked like:
It’s certainly possible that e-RAM could get included in a trade, and this showing certainly enhances his value. Or they could keep him around for insurance.
In the short term, however, he’s been optioned back to Tacoma so that Taijuan Walker can pitch Wednesday.
Of course, notwithstanding all the good news regarding Ramirez, the Mariners were held in check by the Met pitchers as well. Indeed, only Dustin Ackley (single and double) got anything going.
Ackley is stinging the ball in July, but not drawing walks. And his ISO is only .114. So he’s a singles-hitting machine, which is better than nothing, but not likely to be sustainable.
- First big deal was James Paxton with a rehab start: 3.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K. He threw 60 pitches to 14 batters. His pitch-count-per-batter-faced will be an issue for me until I see it resolving itself. He’s likely to have trouble going deep into games.
- Also making a rehab appearance: Blake Beavan. Forgot about him, did you? Oh well. He threw two scoreless frames.
- The Rainiers got no offense in the first game, but took the second half of the double header with the help of Jesus Montero‘s 15th homer. He also had a single and a walk. He’s hitting .459/.487/.851 in July.
- Jackson got a win behind “Pitcher of the Year So Far” Tyler Olson (at least I didn’t jinx him too badly). Ketel Marte and Leon Landry both got their 23rd stolen base.
- High Desert went to extra innings before losing, but Dylan Unsworth had 0 BB, 7 K in 5.0 IP (but 11 hits, 10 of which were singles). Jordy Lara came close to the cycle, getting a single, a double and his 20th homer.
- Everett had a nice start from Jeffeson Medina (6.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 5 K), and rehabbing Nate Tenbrink homered along the way.
- Pulaski won in extra innings thanks to three more hits and a stolen base from emerging prospect Rafael Fernandez, profiled here. Wayne Taylor‘s 11th-inning homer was also a boost.
- The Arizona rookies finished a game from a couple of weeks back that had been suspended in the 11th. They won it in the bottom of that frame on a series of singles.
- They then lost the full game despite a strong pitching outing from Dominican righty Freddy Peralta (6.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 K).