During the first few months of the long MLB season, Indians fans everywhere questioned whether or not Jose Ramirez would ever be that guy who placed third in MVP voting last season again. It sure didn’t seem like it would. Yet somehow, someway, this guy is back into a groove that is great for the Indians and bad for teams pitching against him.
As the race for first place in the division get’s tighter, the timing of Ramirez’s hot bat could not be any better. Remember that really good pitcher the Indians have? You know, Corey Kluber? He’s getting closer and closer to returning. Remember Danny Salazar? He just pitched two great games in the minors and about to make his first start for the Indians this Thursday. However, the best part is, the Indians are only two games behind the Twins for the Central Division lead.
The Tribe posted the best record in the month of July, winning 17 of the 22 games they’ve played, with two games still to play in the month of July. Jose’s groove during the last 30 games has been even more impressive and has helped the Indians immensely, making the Tribe a deadly force on offense .
In the last 30 games, Ramirez has posted a .339 batting average, which includes 40 hits, 27 RBI’s and nine home runs. This stretch of games has raised Ramirez’s batting average from about .200 to now a .245 average. These types of numbers are what nearly got Ramirez an MVP award last season. That’s good news for the Indians.
Early on, Ramirez had issues being able to get a ball to stay in play. A lot of his outs were either from popping up or striking out and missing on pitches he would regularly crush out of the park almost every time.
The problem lied within how fast he swings the bat. Ramirez has always had crazy bat speed, which is where most of his power generally comes from. The problem was he was swinging too fast, and would often strikeout, poppet, or fight off pitch after pitch that would ultimately go foul. That has all changed for Ramirez.
When the confidence is up, there is no limit to how good this Indians team could really be. Between key players coming back from injury and Ramirez looking like a potential MVP again, this all couldn’t have come at a better time.