Monday, March 12, 2007

Horacio Ramirez, you're grounded

No, seriously. So far in Spring Training, the Mariners have proven to be pretty good at losing games to everyone except the AL West, thus ensuring that they will lose every regular-season game they play against the AL West.

But that's not why I'm writing an entry. See, the important game of this weekend was the White Sox one, where yet again, Horacio Ramirez went out and was a groundball machine once again. Infact, if you're counting, here are his stats for the three preseason games he's pitched in:
             IP   BF   GB   AO    K   BB   LD        H   R 
Mar 11: 4 14 10 2 1 1 0 1 0
Mar 06: 3 11 6 1 1 2 1 0 0
Mar 01: 2 7 3 1 1 1 1 1 0
Total: 9 32 19 4 3 4 2 2 0

So 32 batters have come to the plate against him. 59% of them have hit ground balls, 13% have hit fly balls, 9% have struck out, 13% have walked, and 6% have hit line drives. Only two of them have gotten hits, and nobody's scored a run with him on the mound.

This actually doesn't look that much out of line with his general career numbers, though. He seems to have had a problem walking too many batters and not striking out enough of them -- but he's always been a groundball guy. As a lefty pitcher in Safeco with Beltre, Betancourt, and Lopez behind him on the left side of the infield, if he can keep up these insane groundball rates, I'd say that he may be in for a fairly surprisingly good year.

Or this might all be spring training and worth absolutely nothing. After all, the other day the Hiroshima Carp managed to beat the Softbank Hawks 2-1, having only one hit in doing so (which was actually a sac bunt to begin with, but which loaded the bases following two walks), the two runs scoring on a groundout and a sac fly. Crazy things are afoot all over the place.

(Though for the record, Kazumi Saitoh started said game for the Hawks, pitched 5 innings, threw 77 pitches, struck out 8, walked 3, and gave up no hits. So I guess things aren't that weird after all.)

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