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Cleveland Indians: Jose Ramirez named AL Player of the week

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The Cleveland Indians third baseman has once again earned the American League’s player of the week honors to cap off the first-half of the 2018 season.

Jose Ramirez continues his surging 2018 season by winning the Player of the Week honors this week. Surprisingly, this is the first time this season that Cleveland Indians 3B has won the award. He’s been one of the league’s best players after his struggles in early April, but this has been one of the best weeks of the season for him.

In this last week Ramirez has had a .424 batting average with 11 RBIs. He ended up smacking five homers on top of all of that. Ramirez had a multi-hit game in five of the seven games played last week. That includes the big outing he had in that blowout over the Reds, where he hit two home-runs.

Jose’s big week has allowed him to tie the MLB lead in home runs at 29. He even had a stolen base to boot. His OPS of 1.598 to close out the half was absolutely incredible. One of the two triples of the season for Ramirez happened this week as well.

This is the kind of week you expect from an All-Star third baseman. His 6.5 WAR is good for second in baseball and you can expect an all out performance from him in the All-Star Game.

In total Ramirez had 11 hits for the Tribe. He was a big part of the Indians win over the Yankees on Sunday. One of the great parts of watching Ramirez play is how little hew strikes out. Ramirez had just four strikeouts this week and only 48 on the year. He knows how to get on base and his .583 OBP this week shows just that.

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This is the third play of the week selection of Ramirez’s career. He after the break last season. The way Ramirez has played this year, he’s likely to have a few more of these awards tallied on to his career year.