Thanks to the hot hitting of Starlin Castro, Darwin Barney & Alfonso Soriano, Aramis Ramirez’s return to form is flying under the radar.
Having been hampered by injuries the previous two seasons, the uncertainty of Aramis’ production on offense was a huge unknown heading into 2011.
But after 16 games, it appears Aramis is fully healthy and capable of leading this club on offense. And that’s a huge, huge relief.
Say what you will about his defense, but we know Ramirez’s bat is invaluable to the Cubs’ success.
There’s not a better clutch hitter on the team, not even the budding star Castro. And when Aramis is clicking at the plate, so is the Cubs offense.
-Aramis has reached base safely in all 16 starts.
-He hit .361 on the recent road trip.
-Which included 6 RBI, four 2B & 3 multi-hit efforts.
-Has just three strikeouts in 67 plate appearances.
-Batting .347 vs. right-handers, .286 vs. lefties.