Aramis Ramirez Thumbs His Nose at His Thumb

One of the most tried and true responses bound to appear in a discussion about a streaky player’s season is the one that either elevates or downs the number based on consistency. So-called reliable baseball players are more desirable than their yin-or-yang counterparts for obvious reasons: those players make better spouses. More importantly, though, having a grip on performance fluctuation is a good thing.

A mere glance at Aramis Ramirez’s .324 wOBA does his season no justice on a narrative or awareness basis. Only after a closer examination may one put to rest the fears of a washed-up Ramirez created in Cubs’ fans minds on the stillest night. After 185 plate appearances (which happened to cover the first two months of this season) Ramirez had only popped four homers with a line of .162/.227/.269. He played better in June with the saddest coincidence being that he barely played at all; a thumb injury sidelined him for all but 10 games.

Starting in July, Ramirez wiped the sleep from his eyes and bat alike. Seventeen home runs in 242 plate appearances is impressive and contributes to Ramirez’s seventh 20-plus home run season in nine seasons. Ramirez’s 35 strikeouts since the calendar flipped to July is remarkable since he struck out 43 times in April and May combined.

As for his line, try .299/.343/.594 on for size. That slugging percentage would mark a career best if he somehow extrapolated it over an entire season. Unlikely as it may be (he turns 33 next June), Ramirez will attempt the feat while wearing blue pinstripes. He holds a player option for his next season (as well documented lately) that he should exercise. By doing so, he will have the opportunity to exercise the demons that derailed his 2010, even if they reside in his thumb.

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  1. Steven Ellingson says:

    (Insert Joke about exercising with demons)

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  2. Gus says:

    The exercising of Emily Rose was a hell of a movie.

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  3. rjandersonfan says:

    back-to-back gems from RJ. one has to be amazed that someone could lead this site in posts by more than double the next person, while simultaneously writing such quality work. if you guys have a 2011 option on RJ, i really hope you exorcise it.

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  4. rjandersonfan says:

    oh the authors list isnt in order by post count, i should probably look past the first 2 next time. – alright looks like dave, marc and david dont count.

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  5. cs3 says:

    Made an appointment with an excircist today myself.
    Man was i pissed when i got there and instead of getting rid of my demons the guy had the nerve to make me do some jumping jacks, then run on the treadmill, and finally swim laps in the pool…
    I mean WTF

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  6. anon says:

    I see the obesity pandemic has reached the underworld.

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