Sunday, July 3, 2011

Line of the Day: July 2nd, 2011

Hanley Ramirez homered twice, including a grand slam, and drove in five runs to lead the Florida Marlins to a 9-5 victory over the Texas Rangers. It was the 11th multi-homer game of his career and the five RBI tied a career-high.

Line: 5 AB, 2 R, 3 H, 5 RBI; 2 HR

My fantasy perspective: Ramirez, the number two pick in most fantasy drafts, had been a disappointment to own until just a couple of weeks ago. Since a June 20th benching by new manager Jack McKeon, Ramirez has been on fire. In the 10 games since, he's hitting .385 (15/39) with three home runs, 12 RBI, two stolen bases and a 1.095 OPS.

Great players tend to figure things out when they're going poorly much sooner than late-June, so I'm glad to see he's back. Frustrated fantasy owners who waited it out are finally breathing a sigh of relief. Any opportunity to acquire him cheaply is gone, so don't offer proposals unless you're seriously willing to pay. Now when's Adam Dunn going to get the memo the season's nearly half over?

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