Last night, the Seattle Mariner lost to the New York Mets 3-1. I know Erasmo Ramirez looked better in this start than in previous ones of late, but it’s just a mirage.
Much like the great quote by Dennis Green, he is who we think he is. And we let him off the hook by continuing to give him chance after chance. This team is in a playoff hunt. Lloyd McClendon and Jack Zduriencik need to decide if they are embracing this playoff chase, or simply going to let what happens, happen.
Moving your rotation around, calling guys up from Triple-A for spot starts is not something a well-run, playoff-bound team does.
Now, Ramirez has been sent back to Tacoma for Taijuan Walker who gets the start Wednesday.
Can we keep him there this time? Both, for that matter. Walker should be the starter with the Mariners at this time, not Ramirez. Yes Ramirez struck out 10 in seven innings, but it was the Mets.
Once again, the biggest problem with this team is the offense and it showed itself again last night as the Mariners could get nothing done off Jacob deGrom who scattered five hits and struck out seven in his seven innings of work.
deGrom has a bright future and despite his record (4-5) has had a lot of success and is a top candidate for National League Rookie of the Year. But I am tired of watching the Mariners make these average to below average pitchers look like aces night after night.
The time to make a trade is now. And for god sakes, if the Mariners trade Walker, they better get a pitcher in return because I do not want to see Erasmo Ramirez in a Mariners uniform again.
- 3B – T d’Arnaud (1, E Ramirez)
- HR – L Duda (15, 8th inning off T Wilhelmsen 0 on, 1 Out)
- RBI – L Duda (50), T d’Arnaud (22), R Tejada (22)
- Runners left in scoring position, 2 out – D Murphy 2, J Lagares 1
- GIDP – E Young, J Lagares
- Team LOB – 6
- SB – L Duda (3, 2nd base off E Ramirez/M Zunino)
- E – D Murphy (10, field)
- DP – 1 (J Mejia-R Tejada-L Duda)
- 2B – D Ackley (18, J deGrom)
- RBI – D Ackley (32)
- Runners left in scoring position, 2 out – E Chavez 1, K Seager 1
- GIDP – L Morrison
- Team LOB – 5
- SB – J Jones (19, 2nd base off J deGrom/T d’Arnaud)
- DP – 2 (R Cano-W Bloomquist-L Morrison, K Seager-R Cano-L Morrison)
|Jacob deGrom(W, 4-5)||7.0||5||1||1||1||7||0||1.29||3.01|
|Jeurys Familia(HLD, 9)||1.0||0||0||0||0||1||0||1.18||1.94|
|Jenrry Mejía(SV, 12)||1.0||0||0||0||1||0||0||1.46||3.80|
|Erasmo Ramírez(L, 1-5)||7.0||5||2||2||2||10||0||1.52||4.35|
- HBP – T d’Arnaud (by E Ramirez); R Tejada (by E Ramirez)
- Pitches-strikes – J deGrom 107-78; J Familia 14-11; J Mejia 11-6; E Ramirez 114-75; T Wilhelmsen 32-20
- Ground balls-fly balls – J deGrom 11-4; J Familia 1-1; J Mejia 2-0; E Ramirez 6-5; T Wilhelmsen 3-2
- Batters faced – J deGrom 27; J Familia 3; J Mejia 3; E Ramirez 29; T Wilhelmsen 7
- Game Time: 2:49.
- Umpires: HP–Cory Blaser. 1B–Jim Joyce. 2B–Marvin Hudson. 3B–Doug Eddings.
- Weather: 65 degrees, Partly Cloudy.
- Wind: 4 mph, Out to Right.
- Attendance: 18,681.