When Aramis Ramirez has been healthy playing for the Pirates, Cubs, and Brewers he has been an offensive machine. Among active players, Ramirez is 11th in homeruns and hits, 9th in RBIs, and 12th in total bases. When he is in the heart of a lineup, his teams have instantly been made better.
Last season with the Brewers, Ramirez battled a knee injury from the start of spring training. While he was able to play through pain last season, he was not the same hitter. He put together his worst season in nearly a decade hitting just 12 homeruns and batting .283. Instead of hitting the ball with authority, Ramirez was plagued by a knee injury and punchless for much of the season.
In his career, Ramirez is a notorious slow starter. His two worst months are April and May in his career where he has batted .263 and .272 respectively. Before the break, he has batted .278 compared to his .295 second half average. He also has hit 24 more second half homeruns.
Early this season, Ramirez has reversed the trend. Through eight games Ramirez has already produced 14 hits to help his average to skyrocket to .400. He has been a vital piece to the clubs fast start by being involved in almost all of the team’s rallies.
While it is tremendously early, the Brewers offense has been dynamite this season. Batting in the center of this lineup, Ramirez may have the strongest supporting cast of his career. He has players that can hit for average and power around him and he has incredible speed in front of him to drive in. This blazing start could be a great sign for the Milwaukee offense. If Ramirez is true to form, the best is yet to come.
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