HOT SEAT: The Times hanging on every Erasmo Ramirez pitch as though he were an NPB import trying to show who he was.
DR D, in AUDIO MODE: The human mind is a funny thing. We have a wonderful capacity to re-set. We have the ability to completely forget the problems of yesterday, and simply move on starting with a blank piece of paper.
This can be helpful, say, when you've caught your wife having an affair and she apologizes by bringing home a red negligee. It's not as helpful when you have a young kid who is a demonstrated 1+ BB pitcher with three strikeout pitches, and you forget that he's good.
The Times, weirdly, is brushing off Ramirez' 2012 as a short sample. My unrehearsed reaction to that? "Yeah, Carter Capps only threw 99 MPH a few times too. But it doesn't mean he has to throw 99 for another two years before we get it."
Ramirez demonstrated his plus-plus command and his 1+ BB rates. You've got a pitcher who walks 1+ guys, the only question you've got left is whether he can put guys away with two strikes. Blake Beavan was the counterexample. Erasmo Ramirez is the very opposite end of that spectrum.
If your wonderful human capacity to forget has blanked your mind on Erasmo Ramirez, here are two quick SSI reads:
With Carter Capps, it's not about 40 saves before you understand the situation. It's about knowing what a sidearm, easy 99 MPH means.
With Erasmo, it's not about 30 more Erasmo starts, to create a "large sample." It's about understanding where that 1+ BB is coming from, and understanding the knockout weapons that he has to go with them.
This debate is absurd. It's contrary to reason. It's nonsensical. It has no intelligible meaning. The debate is a parody of itself. You had a young starter come up and show you that he's terrific, and now you kick him to the curb over a 100 ERA+ meatball who might or might not be past his surgery.
The process here is wrong. It's not often we say that.