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Tampa Bay Rays: Rotation Prognosis for 2015 and 2016

By Joe Saunders
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May 4, 2015; Boston, MA, USA; Tampa Bay Rays first baseman James Loney (21) celebrates with pitcher Erasmo Ramirez (30) as third baseman Evan Longoria (3) celebrates with catcher Rene Rivera (44) after defeating the Boston Red Sox 5-1 at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

Erasmo Ramirez

Ramirez was acquired from Seattle just before the beginning of the season to be a depth piece for the Rays’ rotation and bullpen. When Smyly went back on the DL, he needed to become the fifth starter again, and he has done a pretty good job of filling in. His 6.44 ERA looks terrible, but it was mainly due to his first two outings being horrendous and his xFIP of 4.04 is more favorable. He has a strong 2.25 ERA in his last 9 outings, although he has usually been shielded from facing the lineup more than twice when he has started.

Ramirez has been able to give the Rays around five good innings when he starts which isn’t bad for a fifth starter. He will likely last in the rotation until Matt Moore comes back, and then he will have a role as a long reliever/spot-starter or even a higher-pressure middle reliever if the Rays decide that they don’t need the length. He will be needed in some capacity for 2015, but his future with the team past this season is murky.

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