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Mariners Preview (4/1/14): Ramirez Looking To Carry Over Dominance From Spring

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Erasmo Ramirez  has seen his command and stuff suffer in 2014. Why has that occurred? (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Erasmo Ramirez has seen his command and stuff suffer in 2014. Why has that occurred? (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

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(1090 The Fan) — The outlook is good for Mariners Tuesday night’s starter Erasmo Ramirez.

The right-hander just saw what his offense is capable of after viewing a ten-run win against a good Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim pitching staff. Ramirez also has a lifetime 2.41 ERA in three starts over the American League West rival.

But what really has to have Ramirez’s confidence high is that he easily had the best spring of any Mariners starter and was one of the best in Cactus League play. In 23 2/3 innings of work he went 3-0 with a 1.14 ERA. His performance in Arizona made manager Lloyd McClendon’s decision easy when he had to decide who would follow Felix Hernandez in the rotation with the absence of All-Star Hisashi Iwakuma.

The Mariners offense will have to face lefty C.J. Wilson who is 8-2 lifetime with a 2.14 ERA against the Mariners. Wilson was especially effective last year against Seattle boasting a 2.20 ERA, 1.05 WHIP, and stiking out 4.43 batters for every one he walked.

With a left-handed pitcher on the mound, McClendon will more than likely give the power-hitting Corey Hart his first start as a Mariner. The manager plans to ease him into the season after missing the entire 2013 campaign with knee surgeries.

According to STATS, the one time Hart has faced Wilson, he was hit by a pitch.

-Chris Coyle, 1090 The Fan

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