J.C. Ramirez Seeks First Win As Starting Pitcher

Updated: April 30, 2017

On Saturday the Angels had their win streak snapped. They took the 6-3 loss as Texas Rangers outfielder Carlos Gomez hit for the cycle. The start from Jesse Chavez looked promising, but a fifth inning outburst cost the Halos.

It’s a new day and the Angels still have a chance to take the series on Sunday. The Angels will start right-handed J.C. Ramirez as he looks for his first victory as a starting pitcher. He took over for Garrett Richards in the rotation, but surprisingly has settled in nicely.

The 28-year-old is 0-2 with a 4.15 ERA in three starts, including seven scoreless against the Athletics on Tuesday. He has made 111 appearances over the course of four seasons, but will make just his fourth career start on Sunday. It’s hard to know what his ceiling is, but Ramirez does have swing-and-miss stuff.

According to T.R. Sullivan, Angels manager Mike Scioscia had this to say about Ramirez.  “He keeps progressing,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “What we’re seeing from JC is hopefully an evolution of a guy getting comfortable in that role, getting comfortable with the 90-100 pitch count. He really was impressive last game.”

The Angels will go up against left-handed Martin Perez. Perez enters the game averaging 5.19 walks per nine innings, the second-highest ratio in the American League. His 1.77 WHIP is the third-highest among qualifying pitchers. According to T.R. Sullivan, Perez feels good and is ready to go.

“I feel good,” Perez said. “I need to go more than five innings or six and later in the game I just need to let the hitters hit the ball. I know I can be good and I’m good. I have to stay on the attack the entire time.”

The series finale should be an interesting one for sure. The Angels look for payback as the Rangers try to stay consistent. Find out who will leave victorious on Sunday.

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