Erasmo Ramirez delivered 6.2 decent innings for the Seattle Mariners last night. Unfortunately, the Seattle offense couldn’t support their pitchers and the team was on the losing end of a 5-1 final score. The Los Angeles Angels jumped on Ramirez early via a two-run home run from Mike Trout and from there cruised to an easy victory. Former Mariner Jason Vargas, who was sent to the Angels in December in exchange for Kendrys Morales, held his former team to eight scattered hits and one run over 6.1 innings to earn his seventh win of 2013.
Interestingly enough, until last night, Ramirez hadn’t recorded a quality start in any of his eight 2013 starts, yet he has racked up four wins with only one loss. He has been lucky enough to be one of the few Seattle pitchers to benefit from good run support, but that support appeared to run dry last night.
The Mariners had put up 16 consecutive scoreless innings before scoring in the bottom of the seventh last night. They rank 26th in the league in team hits, 25th in batting average, 23rd in on-base percentage and 20th in runs scored. It’s going to be hard for them win ball games if they are consistently in the bottom third in all offensive categories.
If this trend continues, it will be hard to ignore the fact that Seattle GM Jack Zduriencik made no moves before the July 31 trade deadline and has made no moves since. The Mariners haven’t had a winning season since 2009 and haven’t earned a playoff berth since 2001. While at the moment it looks like Zduriencik and manager Eric Wedge will return for the 2014 season, one presumes that they and their respective staffs will be on short leash moving forward.