Rays' Erasmo Ramirez: Solid peripherals despite 4.50 ERA
Ramirez (0-1), who struck out two and gave up three runs (two earned) on one hit and two walks over two innings against the Twins on Friday, has pitched well over two starts despite a 4.50 ERA.
The three-run home run Ramirez surrendered to Brian Dozier on Friday is responsible for his 4.50 ERA, as he's been very effective overall. He's also generated a stellar .071 BAA and 1.00 WHIP over this two starts. Ramirez continues to be slated for a relief role to open the season, but the Rays are giving him some run as a starter in spring training in the event the rubber-armed right-hander is called upon for that role in a pinch during the regular season.