The LA Angels bullpen is much-improved this season and the biggest reason is the depth the Angels have. Noe Ramirez has been good no matter where he pitches.
When the LA Angels claimed reliever Noe Ramirez off of waivers from the Boston back in August of 2017 they did not know what to expect. Two years later Ramirez is still dealing and is having his best season in his major league career.
Last season Ramirez pitched well at times but ended up 7-5 with a 4.54 ERA. He pitched 83.1 innings with 95 strikeouts and a 1.26 WHIP. He had an opponent’s batting average of a .237 pitching in 69 games in 2018.
This season however, Ramirez has been lights out going 3-0 with an ERA of 2.95 as both an opener and a middle reliever. In 39.2 innings of work Ramirez has 48 strikeouts and only 12 walks with a WHIP of 1.03. His opponent’s batting average is even more amazing at .199.
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In his last 10 outings Ramirez has been nearly unhittable pitching 16.1 innings allowing only seven hits and no runs that lowered his ERA from 5.01 to 2.95. Ramirez had 21 strikeouts in those 16.1 innings with only one walk. His WHIP is a miniscule 0.42 and his opponent’s batting average in his last 10 appearances is .102. Amazing numbers.
However if you asked most Angel fans about Noe Ramirez they might not even know who he is or what he does. If they do know Ramirez they will not realize how effective Ramirez has been this season for the Angels.
What makes Ramirez even more amazing is that 17 of his 29 appearances have been for more than one inning of work. Ramirez is using his low 90’s fastball along with a nasty curve ball and change-up. Ramirez will continue to get more opportunities as long as he is so effective.
Between Ramirez and Bedrosian the Angels middle relief has been lights out and that has been a shot in the arm to the Angels starting rotation who has struggled to reach the sixth inning this season. It is out of necessity that the Angels have had to use Bedrosian and Ramirez so much to make u for the fact that the starters have not been able to go deep in the game.
We will see how the second half of the season will go for guys like Noe Ramirez and Cam Bedrosian. If they can continue to pitch well it will go a long way in helping the Angels to make a playoff push.