Hanley Ramirez is officially scorching hot. When he is fully invested in the game and seeing the ball well, Hanley is just as scary as any hitter in baseball. (With the exception of David Ortiz. Nobody is that scary.) Over his last 7 games, Ramirez is batting .407 with 4 home runs, 11 RBI’s, and 1.393 OPS. Hanley is famous for his announcements that “things are about to get dangerous or ugly. Doubles, triples, home runs, and more home runs.” Well right now, he is the most dangerous hitter in this lineup. Hopefully he can keep it going to help the Red Sox finally pull away from Toronto in the division.
The Red Sox have one more game against the A’s before heading to San Diego for a series with the Padres. If the Blue Jays continue to skid after dropping two straight to the Rays, the Red Sox have a chance to take sole possession of first place. If they’re lucky they may even be able to give themselves a little bit of breathing room before they have to fly to Toronto to take on the Blue Jays themselves. With Eduardo Rodriguez taking the ball on Sunday, the Red Sox don’t really know what they’re going to get. He was rolling before missing a start due to hamstring tightness. But in his first start back, it was pretty ugly. Hopefully he was just shaking off some rust and now he’s good to go for this last month of the regular season. If he’s back to back to being the Eduardo Rodriguez we saw following the All-Star break, the Red Sox should be able to fly to San Diego with another sweep under their belt.