This makes sense for the following reasons:
(1) Starting Tuesday, the Royals play twenty games in twenty days. That's precisely four trips through the rotation. The 5th starter will be used four times, regardless of who it is or where in the order he appears. This creates no "extra" trips for the 5th starter.
(2) It gives the horses [Meche, Greinke and Davies] each an extra day off. The team is 7-0 since Opening Day when they start. Keeping them fresh and outstanding should be a top priority.
(3) Starting Ramirez Wednesday instead of Saturday allows him to go against the Cleveland lineup with several hitters more vulnerable to lefties [Sizemore, Choo, Hafner] than the Tigers' lineup [Cabrera, Inge, Ordonez]
(4) The other good option for the fifth starter [Luke H] wll be kept at Omaha to guarantee another year of team control and to limit his total innings for 2009. This means it's really a matter of which non-Luke fifth starter will be used and when. Best the lefthander against Cleveland, also because...
(5) That wil be Reyes' turn in the Cleveland rotation so we'll have a better chance to score the runs we need to overcome Ramirez' overall suckitude.
I do not expect good results, but there are reasons for the Ramirez start Wednesday.