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.
“Get on top of the ball a little bit more and leverage the ball downhill.”
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