After a quiet start to Spring Training, it seems as if Hanley Ramirez has finally found his stride.
The Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop went 2-for-3 with two home runs in the Freeway Series opener against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Ramirez’s first homer allowed the shortstop to showcase his opposite field power as the ball sailed a few rows back into the right field pavilion. The second homer was an absolute bomb that went an estimated 460 feet into the left field pavilion.
Many of the Dodgers had disappointing springs, Ramirez included, but Thursday’s performance is exactly what the Dodgers needed to see before they resume the regular season this Sunday against the San Diego Padres.
Ramirez will be the Dodgers’ offensive catalyst this season. If he under-performs, the Dodgers’ season will likely be in the trash as well. If he performs at his up-most potential, the Dodgers will be the favorites to win the World Series this year.
After batting .345 with 20 home runs in just 86 games, Dodger fans have been salivating at the thought of having a healthy Ramirez for the 2014 season. Dodger fans should take Ramirez’s performance as a small preview of things to come.
All in all, Ramirez’s performance was one for the books and shows that he is ready for this Sunday’s domestic season opener against the Padres. Should Ramirez continue his performance from Thursday night into the regular season, the Dodgers will likely have the most dangerous offensive lineup in the National League.
Now that Ramirez has found his groove, his priority should be getting through the Freeway Series unscathed and to be 100 percent rested come Sunday.