The big weekend is almost upon us, and for some out there it’s already upon us (the traffic was much thinner than usual Tacoma commute fare) and the Bavasi Bashers have been given more ammo from which to fire. We lost yesterday what has been described as the worst game of the year and I think they may have some credibility with that description. Bad base-running, bad pitching all around and 25 combined runs can do certainly skew a dude’s perception.
What Bavasi Bashers are all a-smile about is the eventual return of Horatio Ramirez to the DL. After blowing another first inning lead Ramirez left the game in the third(?) with tightness in his tossin shoulder. This cat has an injury history and that’s one of the reasons we were able to get him in the trade with Atlanta for another injury prone but talented pitcher in Raph Soriano. The man is an enigma to me. At home dude is sterling; 4 and 0, 2.19 ERA, good right? However away from the cavernous confines of the Safe he is a warm steaming t*rd (the soft serve kind, like you spent the night binging on PBR and Taco Bell) and his numbers reflect it; a Weaver-esque 0 and 2 with a diaper filling 13.21 ERA all on the road.
So the question posed is the same I posed when t*rdboy Weaver “went on the DL.” Who will fill the spot in the rotation? I nominate Justin Lehr (5-0, 2.44 ERA, 30 K’s 14 walks at Triple A Tacoma). I’ve seen him pitch a couple of times and while my blind no-depth perception havin’ a*s is the best judge of stuff he gets guys out consistently and to me that is really what matters. I think he’s earned his shot. Who do you guys think we should put in there if Ramirez is gone for a while?