A report from a Dominican ESPN Radio show’s official twitter account surfaced this morning stating that Hanley Ramirez has suffered two broken ribs and will be unable to play for the remaining of the playoffs:
NOTICIA: Hanley Ramírez tiene dos costillas rotas y no jugará el resto de la postemporada.
— GrandesenlosDeportes (@GrandesESPNRD) October 14, 2013
As this news is unconfirmed by anyone in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization or by anyone else at all, it is probably safe to say that the rumor is not true. Alas, with Ramirez having missed the 2013 NLCS Game 2 as a result of hurting ribs, I cannot help but worry about the possible implications if this is indeed true.
Without a doubt, losing Ramirez for the remainder of the MLB playoffs would be a crushing blow to the Dodgers’ confidence and lineup. Ramirez was one of the main catalysts which sent the Dodgers on their historic run in the middle of the season and turned the team from a last place finisher to divisional champions. His hot bat led the team to the postseason, but the Boys in Blue do not need Ramirez to rally against the St. Louis Cardinals.
The Dodgers’ biggest problem through the first two games of the series has indeed been offensive struggles, but Ramirez is not the only guy who can swing a hot bat. If you have watched the Dodgers this year, you will likely have seen periods of the season where Yasiel Puig was so hot, a baker would not have touched him with two pairs of oven mitts. If Puig can get it going in Game 3, the Dodgers stand a great chance to win. Similarly, Juan Uribe can go through swings of crazed hitting in which no pitcher wants to stand in his way.
All in all, the Dodgers hitters have done a decent job against the Cardinals in the NLCS with one exception: hitting with runners in scoring position. It’s only a matter of time before The Consistent One – Adrian Gonzalez – and his crew start plating runners and give the Cardinals a hard time.
Expect Ramirez to be in the game if his ribs are indeed not broken, but also expect the Dodgers to be able to give the Cardinals trouble even without him.