Ramirez has posted a 2.66 ERA across 61 innings pitched this season with the Braves. The young right-hander has shown definite improvement from last season, shaving nearly a full run off his ERA from a year ago. The 27-year-old is pitching at the back end of the bullpen and will continue to pitch in high-leverage situations -- he has recorded 17 holds in his last 35 appearances.
Ramirez has allowed three runs (two earned) with seven holds across his last nine appearances (eight innings). The 27-year-old had an ugly 5.79 ERA over 9.1 innings in June, but still carries a 2.70 ERA and 1.06 WHIP with 31 strikeouts across 36.2 innings this season. Ramirez now leads the Braves with 16 holds on the season, and should see more opportunities for high-leverage situations if he can continue to rebound from his rough June.
Ramirez has a 2.36 ERA and 0.98 WHIP across 26.2 innings this season. The 27-year-old has nine holds and two victories this season, but has not recorded a hold in his last six appearances. Ramirez has performed well out of the bullpen thus far, but opportunities for high-leverage situations are likely to remain inconsistent with the Braves.
Ramirez gave up two runs on three hits and a walk against Pittsburgh on Wednesday, blowing the save in the ninth inning before his team lost in the 10th. He got the call in this one after a presumably tired Jim Johnson blew the save Tuesday, but Ramirez didn't make much of an argument for a hostile takeover of the ninth-inning role. The 27-year-old righty will have to continue biding his time in setup duty until a potential Johnson trade opens up an opportunity for Ramirez and Arodys Vizcaino to compete for save chances.
Ramirez pitched a perfect seventh inning Monday to notch his seventh hold of the season in a win over the Pirates. The 27-year-old has been extremely reliable in a setup role for the Braves this season, and Ramirez now has a 1.31 ERA, 0.68 WHIP and 17:5 K:BB in 20.2 innings. With Jim Johnson a possible trade chip to go along with Arodys Vizcaino's checkered injury history, Ramirez and his 97.3 mph average fastball are an intriguing spec saves play in deeper formats.
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