Getting Hanley on track
Many players would take a .288 batting average and .395 on-base percentage.
Hanley Ramirez isn’t like most players.
The Marlins slugger is in a bit of a slide — by his standards, at least.
Through 19 games, Ramirez has one home run, six RBIs and nine runs scored. He has now gone five straight games without driving in a run, and with runners in scoring position this season, his average is .176.
After the Marlins lost 8-4 to the Rockies at Coors Field on Sunday, Ramirez noted that it is early. And he is absolutely right.There is no reason to think the 26-year-old won’t get hot, and drastically raise his batting average. We’ve seen it since he was the NL Rookie of the Year in 2006. Last season, of course, he was the NL batting champ with a .342 average, to go along with 106 RBIs. With runners in scoring position a year ago, he batted .373.
“Don’t worry about me. Just worry about the team. I’ll be fine. No worries,” Ramirez said Sunday night. “It’s early. We just have to keep winning. We had a couple of tough losses in Houston and here.
“We’ve got to keep competing the whole game. Our starting rotation has been doing a little bit better, and they’re going to get better. They’ve been going deep into the game.”
The Marlins went 4-5 on the road trip after taking two of three at Philadelphia. In the six games at Houston and Colorado, Ramirez was 4-for-22. When you count the final game in Philadelphia, he is 4-for-26.
Quite simply, the numbers are very un-Hanleylike.
“It’s early. It’s not September or August,” Ramirez said. “Nothing like that. I’m not worried about that.”
Manager Fredi Gonzalez noted that the Marlins are 10-9 and they are above .500 without the offense clicking. Jorge Cantu and Dan Uggla have been the hottest hitters all season. The others have been inconsistent.
“That’s happening to all the teams,” Ramirez said. “All 30 teams. Not nine guys in the lineup are going to be hot. Some guys are going to be cold, and some guys are going to get hot. We’ve got to try to go forward and get out of it.
“If everybody would be hot, we’d be 19-0. No worries for me. I know myself. I know what I can do.”
As long as he’s healthy, and he is, there is enough history on his side to suggest he will get red hot in a hurry.
– Joe Frisaro