Red Sox Strut: Hanley Ramirez, Craig Kimbrel finish out the month strong
And this week’s offensive Strutter is…Hanley Ramirez
After a very slow start that may or may not have been due to a sore shoulder, Hanley Ramirez has finally got going on offense. He hasn’t played in the field, but most Sox fans just want him to start crushing the ball like he did toward the end of 2016. This year, with no David Ortiz, he’s even more crucial to the Sox lineup’s success.
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Hanley hit two absolute bombs against the Cubs (one on Saturday and one on Sunday) that may have not even landed yet. He was also one of the few hitters to get anything going against the Yankees earlier in the week going 3-for-6 with a walk. He finished the weekend against the Cubs going 4-for-11 meaning his overall batting average for the week was .412. He also had four RBI and four runs scored in the Cubs series.
Ramirez in only hitting .253 on the year with three home runs thus far. Hopefully this weekend will start him on a hot streak. He was certainly the catalyst to getting past Chicago over the weekend. It’s obvious that the Red Sox have a severe lack of power in 2017 after not doing anything on the open market to replace David Ortiz. They need Hanley to produce, but for now, he’s strutting!