Hanley Ramirez is delivering when the Boston Red Sox need him most, and the rest of Major League Baseball is taking notice.
The Red Sox first baseman on Monday was named the American League Co-Player of the Week along with Oakland Athletics outfielder Khris Davis following a huge seven-day stretch.
Ramirez has powered Boston’s offense over the last seven days, belting five home runs during that span to go along with 12 RBIs, a .462 batting average and a 1.077 OPS. None of those homers was bigger than Thursday’s blast, a walk-off, three-run shot that lifted the Red Sox to a potentially season-altering win over the New York Yankees.
Ramirez began the week with a three-RBI night Monday against the Baltimore Orioles that included a solo homer and capped it off Sunday night with a pair of jacks in another comeback win over the Yankees.
Ramirez’s big week pushed him to 28 home runs and 106 RBIs on the season, as the Red Sox now have three players with 100 or more RBIs (Mookie Betts, David Ortiz). The 32-year-old’s hot streak isn’t just limited to the last seven days, either. He has 12 homers in his last 21 games and leads MLB with a 1.198 OPS since Aug. 11.
Ramirez’s hot bat is a big reason why Boston enters Monday with a three-game lead in the American League East, and he’s showing no signs of slowing down.
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