BOSTON — The greatest acquisition of the Red Sox offseason was J.D. Martinez, who’s value extra money than they’re paying him. But Martinez might be not the greatest worth discover of the winter. That title doubtless belongs to Mitch Moreland, making $6.5 million.
When the Red Sox minimize Ramirez, in addition they believed Moreland may minimize it. The mind belief felt, hoped, that the general drop-off going from Ramirez to Moreland can be negligible.
The actual circumstances of Ramirez’s departure from the Sox got here into query Friday due to a report that Ramirez is tied to a criminal investigation into an alleged drug ring. Regardless of how that scenario performs out — Sox supervisor Alex Cora mentioned after Friday’s 14-10 win over the Mariners that he hoped the report was not true — the torch was handed to Moreland a couple of month in the past.
The Sox’ normal struggles towards lefties could make the resolution to let Ramirez go appear questionable (from a baseball standpoint, after all). But there was no wrestle for the group on Friday towards southpaw Wade LeBlanc, who got here into the night time with a 2.63 ERA and 6 days earlier tossed 7 2/Three shutout innings towards the Sox.
And general, Moreland has certainly been enough in Ramirez’s absence.
Ramirez performed his final sport for the Sox on May 24. Since then, Moreland is hitting .280 with a .343 on-base proportion and .484 slugging proportion, helped by a Three-for-5 efficiency on Friday night time. Martinez (Four-for-5) was the star of the night, one in all the greatest Sox wins of the 12 months after starter Steven Wright allowed 10 runs. But Moreland, batting clean-up behind Martinez, tied a season-high with three hits.
Red Sox hitters since Hanley Ramirez’s departure…
Benintendi: eight HR, 6 2B, 2 3B, 14 BB, 1.059 OPS
Martinez: eight HR, 6 2B, zero 3B, 14 BB, 1.053 OPS pic.twitter.com/aYJIumPHpL
— Evan Drellich (@EvanDrellich) June 23, 2018
There was a short tough patch in mid-June, a Four-for-32 skid in eight begins and 10 video games that knocked down a few of Moreland’s gaudy numbers. He’s nonetheless carrying the fourth-best OPS on the group since Ramirez’s departure, at .827. Nos. 1 and a couple of are Andrew Benintendi, 1.059, and Martinez, 1.053. Those monsters have eight dwelling runs apiece.
Moreland, carrying a five-game hit streak into Saturday, appears to thrive in the clean-up function, too. He’s batting .351 in 23 video games in that spot this season.
It’s lots simpler to neglect Ramirez with Moreland raking like that in Ramirez’s previous spot.