Before the Angels started using him as a starter, Ramirez’s appearances all came as a reliever. In his 111 games as a reliever, Ramirez posted a 5.14 ERA. In his first three appearances, this season out of relief, he allowed three earned runs in five innings of work. His fourth appearance came as a starter.
Besides for a rough first start for Ramirez, he’s pitching well in the starting rotation. In fact, Ramirez continues to exceed expectations as a starter. He currently looks like the Angels’ best starter.
Since becoming a starter back in April, Ramirez has made five starts. Ramirez’s pitched 28.2 innings with a 1-2 record, a 3.51 ERA and 32 strikeouts. In his first outing as a starter, he gave up five earned runs against the Houston Astros. Since that outing, Ramirez has allowed just three runs or less in his four starts. In those four starts, two were quality starts.
Ramirez’s second start against the Astros turned out much better than his first start. On Saturday, Ramirez held the Astros to one run in six innings of work and didn’t earn a decision. He scattered eight hits and two walks and also struck out two batters. Success against the best team in the AL West is a great sign for Ramirez and the Angels.
The 28-year-old right-hander’s best start came against the Oakland Athletics on April 25. He pitched seven shutout innings and allowed just two hits and two walks. He also struck out seven batters. The Angels failed to score for Ramirez, so he didn’t factor into the decision.
If Ramirez can keep this up, he might remain in the rotation even when they get their main starters back.