Sixteen games into his first foray as a big league starter, five innings into Tuesday’s holiday matinee, JC Ramirez had thrown 97 pitches to the Minnesota Twins and permitted three runs.
His stuff was neither excellent nor awful. He had just chugged along. Only once had he ever reached 100 pitches, but Angels manager Mike Scioscia elected to give him another chance. Ramirez started the sixth inning, and it became immediately clear his command had vanished.
“He was getting a little tired, but we thought he had enough to see if he could get a couple outs or get through that inning,” Scioscia said. “His warmups weren’t the same. He didn’t look the same.”
He didn’t pitch the...