Among all the negatives, Jose Ramirez has been a glaring positive. He is sporting the impressive slash line of .299/.397/.624, but one statistic that stands out is his home run total.
Ramirez enters play today with 18 home runs. The only players in baseball with a higher total are Mike Trout and J.D. Martinez, who both have 19. Ramirez is now only 11 home runs away from matching his entire total from 2017.
It is crazy to see the team’s third baseman nearly lead the league in home runs when the team specifically signed Edwin Encarnacion and Yonder Alonso as power bats. Encarnacion does have 16 home runs, while Alonso has 11, but it will be hard to catch the great Jose if he continues to play at this pace.
Ramirez also has 18 doubles, which is more than the combined 14 from Encarnacion and Alonso. He also leads the team in OBP and RBIs, so the list goes on. It is why Ramirez is once again an MVP candidate after being a finalist in 2017.
Francisco Lindor is putting up some monster numbers as well, but I find it interesting to highlight Ramirez when he signed a team-friendly contract, and Lindor is set up to earn a massive fortune here in a few years. The scary thing is that both are only getting better.
Now let’s go from this great positive to one of the more negative things surrounding the team this season.