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Erasmo Ramirez takes his 3-0 record to the mound tonight vs. the Tampa Bay Rays.

Erasmo Ramirez takes his 3-0 record to the mound vs. the Rays.

Throughout the season, Mariners broadcaster Aaron Goldsmith will provide content on From the Corner of Edgar & Dave, giving a behind-the-scenes look at the Mariners players and organization. Today Aaron looks ahead to the series starting tonight vs. the Tampa Bay Rays, and gives a little weather report about the humidity in St. Petersburg .

It took less than a full second after stepping off the plane Monday night to realize we weren’t in Seattle anymore. With humidity thicker than fog and temperatures in the low 90s, the Mariners are most certainly in Tampa to start a three-game series against the second-place Rays.
In terms of opponents’ wins and losses, this nine-game, three-city road trip couldn’t be much more daunting. Tampa Bay, Texas, and Oakland are a combined 52 games over .500 with the A’s and Rays currently holding the top two Wild Card spots. Despite Tampa Bay’s current five game losing skid, they’re still just three games behind Boston in the East.
  • 22-year-old Erasmo Ramirez will make his fifth start of the year tonight — his first since August 3 at Baltimore. The righty has allowed an average of 4.5 runs/game as a starter this year but is 3-0 thanks to receiving a team-best 6.25 runs of support per start.
  • Ramirez will square off against the reigning AL Pitcher of the Month, Chris Archer. With a pair of complete game shutouts against the Astros and Yankees, coupled with a 0.79 ERA for the month, Archer seemed fairly deserving of the award. He features a 95 mph fastball and a dirty slider that’s holding opponents to a .115 average. He’s allowed two extra-base hits to right-handed hitters in 13 starts. Finally, he’s also an avid reader.
  • With 48 days until the post-season, the Rays have 46 games left to play.
  • Happy Birthday to Mariners pitching prospect Taijuan Walker (turns 21) and Mariners Hall of Famer Jay Buhner.

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