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Hanley Ramirez is scorching hot

Jun 30, 2013, 9:34 AM EDT

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Hanley Ramirez is the hottest hitter on the planet.

The shortstop went 3-for-4 with a home run and three total RBI in the Dodgers’ 4-3 win over the Phillies on Saturday night in Los Angeles and is now batting .383/.424/.700 in 66 plate appearances since his return on June 4 from a severe hamstring strain.

And the numbers are even better if you zoom in.

Ramirez has 20 hits — five home runs and three doubles — in his last 44 plate appearances for a batting line of .500/.545/.950. He has also stolen two bases and scored 10 runs in that 12-game span.

The Dodgers are six games under .500 and own a putrid -51 run differential, but they’re only five games back of the Diamondbacks in the National League West standings. That division is up for grabs.

  1. pop562 - Jun 30, 2013 at 9:43 AM

    The Dodgers need some bull pen help and one more starting pitcher to right their ship. Puig and Hanram is on a tear. Agon is consistent but Kemp and Ethier has been struggling with Kemp being the latter.

  2. skeleteeth - Jun 30, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    “Hanley Ramirez is the hottest hitter on the planet.”

    Nope. Jason Kipnis.

    • nbjays - Jun 30, 2013 at 10:31 AM

      Nope, Michael Cuddyer.

      • skeleteeth - Jun 30, 2013 at 10:34 AM

        Nope.

  3. papacrick - Jun 30, 2013 at 11:21 AM

    His line during this streak doesn’t even match Cabrera’s season slash line. Not sure how that equates to the hottest hitter on the planet. Just another stupid article on HBT

    • aceshigh11 - Jun 30, 2013 at 12:20 PM

      You’re free to go elsewhere at any time, pal.

  4. Jason Lukehart - Jun 30, 2013 at 11:25 AM

    Maybe Hanley is the hottest hitter in the NL, but in the month of June, but Jason Kipnis has a line of .419/.517/.699, good for an MLB-best RC+ of 231.

    • Jason Lukehart - Jun 30, 2013 at 11:30 AM

      And looking at the shorter timespan (to be compared to Ramirez’s last 44 PA), in Kipnis’s last 43 PA, his line is .548/.651/.1.129, good for an OPS of 1.780. I hate to play the “no one pays attention to the Indians” card, but I haven’t seen anything from national media outlets about Kipnis, so I guess no one pays attention to the Indians.

      • ptfu - Jun 30, 2013 at 3:26 PM

        “In case you haven’t noticed, and judging by the attendance you haven’t, Jason Kipnis has managed to hit a few here and there, and is threatening to be Player of the Month.”

  5. norcaldeportes - Jun 30, 2013 at 11:25 AM

    Looks like whatever he took to heal from that injury is really working.

    • Jeff M. - Jun 30, 2013 at 11:31 AM

      I hear the Giants are under .500, and in the middle of a losing skid since being swept by the Dodgers. How’s that feel?

  6. greyhawk9 - Jun 30, 2013 at 11:51 AM

    wow! thats really hot

  7. 13arod - Jun 30, 2013 at 12:08 PM

    Cuddyer is hotter

    • Jason Lukehart - Jun 30, 2013 at 12:35 PM

      You’re mistaking a hitting streak for absolute heat. Cuddyer certainly IS hot, but during his streak (which dates to May 28), his OPS is .992, not as impressive as that of some of the others mentioned here (and that’s without even factoring in park effects).

  8. psunick - Jun 30, 2013 at 1:17 PM

    L.A. is a bigger market than Cleveland. What do you expect?

  9. frosted21 - Jun 30, 2013 at 1:29 PM

    He’s on fire right now – but Kipnis is SCORCHING

  10. Anoesis - Jun 30, 2013 at 2:09 PM

    Say, isn’t he one of the players the Rox dumped on the Dodgers? You know, that trade Bosox fans all claim was a complete steal for them? I can only imagine the angst that would play out on here if the Dodgers actually start challenging in the west.

    • Jeff M. - Jun 30, 2013 at 4:58 PM

      You’re getting all those thumbs down because Hanley was a trade deadline find from the Marlins last July.

      But I do see your point!

      • Anoesis - Jun 30, 2013 at 10:09 PM

        You’re right, he was originally signed by the Sox and traded to the Marlins for Beckett and others.

        My bad, but I guess it’s easier to just hit the thumbs-down instead of post a correction. Thanks for taking the time.

      • Jeff M. - Jul 1, 2013 at 3:43 AM

        No prob!

  11. motherscratcher23 - Jun 30, 2013 at 3:10 PM

    We are all Kipnisses

  12. gibbyfan - Jun 30, 2013 at 3:10 PM

    I can only imagine the angst that would play out on here if the Dodgers actually start challenging in the west.

    Start challenging?? With the highest payroll in baseball history the game I would think the angst should occur because they are not dominating the division

    • Jeff M. - Jun 30, 2013 at 5:02 PM

      Meh. The Dodgers have had half their starting players on the DL for a large part of the season. Now that those players are coming back (and coming back healthy!), the Dodgers are going on a tear. Coincidence?

      All teams have to deal with injuries and the DL at some point. The Bums just got it out of the way early.

  13. Old Gator - Jun 30, 2013 at 3:22 PM

    Who knows? Maybe the Hanster managed to throw that accursed .342 amulet into Mount Doom after all while he was on the DL.

    • Jeff M. - Jun 30, 2013 at 6:31 PM

      I don’t know why people are thumbing that down, I think that’s funny. Although, word on the street is that you chipped in a couple of bucks to help the Feesh buy Hanley that necklace? True?

      • Jeff M. - Jul 1, 2013 at 3:46 AM

        Great, now the thumbs down patrol is after my comment, too.

      • Jeff M. - Jul 1, 2013 at 4:01 AM

        Mental note to self … Do NOT discuss Hanley’s bejeweled batting champ amulet anymore. It seems to spark strong reactions.

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