Cleveland Indians: 2 players who always play better in the second half

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Cleveland Indians, Jose Ramirez
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Cleveland Indians 3B Jose Ramirez

While Jose Ramirez has been the lifeblood of the Cleveland lineup for most of the season, he’s actually having the worst season of his career at the plate. Entering the upcoming series against the Chicago White Sox, Ramirez is slashing just .253/.343/.525, marking the lowest average of his career. The reason? He hasn’t played many games in the second half yet.

Coming off a season that saw him finish second in the MVP voting, Jose Ramirez was expected to be one of the best hitters in the game. While he has been able to log 22 home runs, his other stats are just a bit down from the pace we’re accustomed to seeing. The good news is that if history continues, he should see an boost in the second half.

After the All-Star break, Ramirez’s career numbers jump. In the second half his batting average is 16 points higher, his on-base percentage is up eight points and his slugging goes up 27 points. Despite playing 109 fewer games in the second half of the season over the course of his career, Ramirez has just 11 fewer doubles and 22 fewer home runs, meaning his average production easily goes up.

The differences in those type of stats are bit more difficult to illustrate, but his jump in every aspect of his slash line should be enough to see the change in his approach. Take for example his 2019 season. He was hitting just .218 in the first half, but once the All-Star break happened, Ramirez’s average jumped more than 100 points, going up to .327. Despite having basically half of the at-bats, his home runs more than doubled, his doubles increased as did his RBI.

So, while he’s having one of his worst seasons at the plate, it might just be because he hasn’t had the chance to off in the second half yet. For that reason, stay tuned for an upcoming surge for Ramirez.