Hanley Ramirez quietly had a remarkable year for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2013. After seeing his average slip dramatically the past two seasons finishing both under .260, Ramirez bounced back in 2013. It’s a shame he was only able to appear in 86 games due to injuries, because he hit .345 with 20 home runs and 47 RBIs in those 86 games.
Well Ramirez is healthy now, and he absolutely destroyed the Atlanta Braves in the NLDS. He went 8-for-16 with six extra base hits and six RBIs. Ramirez played a huge part in getting his team to the NLCS and he will have to be the difference-maker against the St. Louis Cardinals if he wants to get his team to the World Series.
Ramirez missed all seven games against the Cardinals during the regular season, but he is familiar with them, batting .288 in 170 careers at-bats against the club. Ramirez is going to continue to get pitches to hit out of the no. 3 slot in the order because of the power behind him in Adrian Gonzalez and Yasiel Puig.
In Game 1, Joe Kelly is taking the mound for the Cardinals and his job will be to try and stop Hanley. He had an OPS of 1.618 in the four games against the Braves, and he is really driving the ball well right now. If he can continue to hit at this pace, the Dodgers will be nearly impossible to beat. If Gonzalez and Puig come up with no one on base, they are slightly less dangerous, which is why Ramirez is the key to the Dodgers’ success.
He is pretty much the hottest hitter left in baseball right now, and the Dodgers will be in the driver’s seat towards a pennant if he picks up right where he left off.