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The Los Angeles Angels will be visiting the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field. Mariners’ Erasmo Ramirez (5.10 ERA, 1.22 WHIP) will be defending against Angels’ Ricky Nolasco (5.09 ERA, 1.44 WHIP). Can Ramirez stand his ground and lead the Mariners to victory?
Ricky Nolasco, Photo Credit: PE
Nolasco has been having a hard time getting wins (5-12) lately. Despite his devastating win-loss record, he struck out the most batters (106 K) among the pitchers in his team. In his last game, the righty yielded five runs, a homer, and three walks while striking out five of the Oakland Athletics’ batters in four frames. However, he has produced a dismaying (2-7, 5.08 ERA) result on the road and a slightly worse output (3-5, 5.10 ERA) at home.
Erasmo Ramirez, Photo Credit: Zimbio
While Ramirez has maintained a consistent 4-4 record despite being on a two-game losing streak. His performance last August 6 didn’t go so well; he conceded five runs and three homers while only fanning two batters against the Kansas City Royals. Plus, he plays better against right-handed batters (2.25 ERA) compared to his inferior (12.46 ERA) duels against southpaws.
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Mike Trout, Photo Credit: Perform Group
Among the Angels’ batters, Mike Trout has had the most success against the Mariners’ starting pitcher. He was able to get a run in three at bats off Ramirez this year. Plus, the two-time AL MVP is posting an impressive .400/.429/.650 stat line and a 1.079 OPS versus Ramirez in his whole career.
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Nelson Cruz, Photo Credit: Espn Grant Land
Meanwhile, Nelson Cruz has the best record versus Nolasco among the Mariners’ batters. He has a .364/.391/.818 stat line and a 1.209 OPS in 22 at bats against the Angels’ righty. Cruz also got four hits and an RBI in his last showdown against Nolasco this year.
Nolasco’s last outing against Seattle was last July 1 when he only gave up three hits while striking out seven batters across nine shutout innings. His ERA was reduced from 4.86 to 4.42 after winning that game.
On the other hand, Ramirez allowed two runs and a homer while only fanning two of the Angels’ batters in six innings last May 24. Despite retaining a 3.00 ERA after that game, he was able to add a win to his record.
Nolasco’s record might be a bit devastating right now but he was able to dominate the Mariners in nine full innings. If he can shut their offensive lineup down again then it would be a win for the Angels.
Projected Winner: Los Angeles Angels