Cleveland Indians’ ideal lineup to close out the 2020 season

Franmil Reyes #32 of the Cleveland Indians (Photo by Ron Schwane/Getty Images)
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Jose Ramirez, Cleveland Indians
CINCINNATI, OH – AUGUST 3: Jose Ramirez #11 of the Cleveland Indians bats against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on August 3, 2020 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images) /

5. . . . Jose Ramirez. 3. player

Third Base, Switch Hitter

Typically the third spot in the batting order is meant for the team’s best hitter in the lineup and for the Indians, it isn’t exactly Jose Ramirez. However, given what Ramirez brings to the table, he’s the best fit for this spot while not being the club’s top bat across the board.

The upside to having Ramirez in the third spot in the order is his switch hitting ability. Having the top three batters in the lineup as switch hitters can provide a difficult situation for opposing teams to game plan around, especially out of the bullpen.

While Ramirez’s averages and percentages don’t top the team lists, he is currently pacing the Tribe in a few stats going into Saturday’s game. He has 10 home runs on the year, with five from each side of the plate, as well as team-highs in RBIs with 27, runs scored at 32 and nine stolen bases.

What Ramirez brings to the plate almost always has the ability to change the course of a game with just a swing of the bat. That’s what every team needs in the three-spot, a game changer. When at his peak, Ramirez has the ability to lead the Indians in all the major hitting categories and that is what an ideal third batter can do.