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Cleveland Indians: What to make of Jose Ramirez’s recent slump

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The Cleveland Indians’ MVP candidate is finding himself in a bit of a rough stretch that could hurt his MVP contention if it lingers too much longer.

Jose Ramirez has had a season that we would’ve never seen coming. It’s even weirder to imagine considering the Cleveland Indians’ slugger went hitless for the first few games of the season. Nonetheless he is right in the thick of it with the home-run leaders in the MLB. His incredible season has him as the leader in fWAR at 8.1, above the likes of Mookie Betts and Mike Trout.

But recently, Jose Ramirez has just looked human. It’s strange to see but he’s actually lowered his batting average to below .300. It’s hard to fathom an MVP candidate would have those struggles, but in the last week JRam is batting just .160 with a measly .200 slugging percentage.

Now, Boston pitching did a phenomenal job of holding Ramirez in check, allowing just two hits from the slugger in that series, but even now against a Kansas City team that he has dominated, Ramirez continues to struggle.

Oddly enough, this is reminiscent of 2017 when Ramirez’s average dipped to .235 in the month of August, only to rebound mightily in the month of September. This year his average hasn’t dipped quite as far as it did in 2017, but .267 this month is tied for the season low that he had in the month of June.

Another thing to make note of is that there may be a mental side of this slump for Ramirez. He’s now third in the home-run race behind Khris Davis and J.D. Martinez. He’s begun to pull a lot of pitches thrown his way as if he is adjusting his swing to try to hit more homers.

Ramirez doesn’t need to be used just to hit home-runs. He has an ability to get on base with a chance to steal every time. But another note to be made is that he has just three steals this month. It’s certainly not bad, but it’s as if he also knows how close he is to the 30/30 club (30 homers/ 30 steals).

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The way his numbers are trending show that he is set for a rebound in September, but it’s very unusual to see Ramirez in such a slump. It may have an adverse effect on his MVP chances. He’ll be capable of redeeming himself with a productive final month of the season, but for now let’s hope that Ramirez…. and the Indians can break their respective slumps.