In a surprise to few or less, Erasmo Ramirez will be today's starter for the Mariners. Carter Capps, who desperately needed to go to Triple-A, has been sent down. The Mariners will try to pull out a win today to split the series with the rolling Red Sox.
Here's what manager Eric Wedge had to say about Capps, who heads to Tacoma with a 6.37 ERA and 1.67 WHIP:
"He only has like 68, 69 innings in the minor leagues. This guy got here so quick. I think he learned a great deal. There’s a couple things mechanically that we want him to work on. It’s the right thing for him to go down right now. It’s a tough thing to come up here and work and try to make adjustments or changes and compete at the same time -- for a young player.
"I think with him, go down, get himself righted, catch his breath a little bit. Pitch some down there. He’s going to be a part of this thing. He’s just too big and has too much physical strength and arm speed and velocity … still trying to put that slider or cutter away when he needs to and have enough confidence in the changeup. Just needs to go down and do that.
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"Get on top of the ball a little bit more and leverage the ball downhill."
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