Hanley driving in runs
Any doubts about Hanley Ramirez’s ability to drive in runs are now being put to rest.
Solidifying the No. 3 spot in the lineup, the Marlins 25-year-old All-Star shortstop is on sizzling RBI streak. Since 21, he has driven in at least one run in seven straight games. Over that span, his total is 17, including four home runs.
Ramirez now has a team high 51 RBIs to go along with his .333 batting average, .400 on-base percentage and .548 slugging percentage.
Until this season, Ramirez was primarily Florida’s leadoff hitter. In that role, he was a run scorer. The past two seasons, he scored 125 times in each season, which matched his franchise record. He also led the Major Leagues in runs scored in 2008, a first ever by a Marlin.
The question this year was how would Ramirez adapt to batting third?
His career most for RBIs is 81 in 2007.
We’re seeing the answers. Ramirez is on pace for 107 RBIs this year. He also has 24 doubles this year, putting him on pace for 51, which would establish a franchise record. In 2006, Miguel Cabrera had 50.
This year, Ramirez has been especially dangerous with men on base. With the bases empty, he’s hitting .286. But with runners on, he is hitting at a blistering .392 clip, including .433 with runners in scoring position. With the bases loaded, he’s 4-for-6 (.667) with three grand slams.
– Joe Frisaro