BALTIMORE -- Jose Ramirez proved on Monday he deserves the recognition he's getting in the Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot fan voting after setting a club record of seven consecutive games with a double. The latest two-bagger, his first of three extra-base hits, started a four-run fourth inning for the
BALTIMORE -- Jose Ramirez proved on Monday he deserves the recognition he's getting in the Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot fan voting after setting a club record of seven consecutive games with a double. The latest two-bagger, his first of three extra-base hits, started a four-run fourth inning for the Indians in a 12-0 victory over the Orioles.
Just a few hours after receiving the American League Player of the Week title, the switch-hitter laced a double 104.9 mph, according to Statcast™, to right field off Orioles starter Dylan Bundy's 90.1-mph fastball, setting the franchise record.
"I feel really good," Ramirez said through translator Anne Bolton. "I also feel really happy because we've had a tremendous series, and that we're winning."
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After sparking the four-run inning, Ramirez continued his hot streak at the plate with another double to right field in the sixth and a triple in the seventh. Ramirez's 3-for-6 performance came just one night prior to the next Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot American League update on Tuesday. At third base, he trails only Minnesota's Miguel Sano in the voting.
"Thank you, thank you to all the people who are voting for me," Ramirez said. "I hope that they continue to vote."
The switch-hitter has raised his average from .265 on May 27 to .318 after Monday night's game. Over the past 10 games, the slugger has slashed .432/.468/.561 with 10 doubles, one triple, three home runs, seven RBIs and 12 runs scored. Indians manager Terry Francona noted that Ramirez is in a rhythm, and that rhythm is what sparked the team to break the scoreless tie in the fourth inning.
"Fortunately, I've seen a lot of good hitters," Francona said. "But to go from .260 to almost .320, that's incredible. And all the things that we talk about are the reasons. He obviously makes solid contact a lot, but he uses the whole field, he doesn't strike out very much, so you're going to get hits because he's hard to defend. But he's just putting the barrel on the ball so often."
Despite his sudden offensive outburst, Ramirez claims he has made no changes at the plate, and he is just trying to focus on providing every single day for his team. Since his doubles streak started, the team has gone 6-1.
"No, it's the same," Ramirez said. "This is just what happens. There's good moments, and there's bad moments. This is how the game is. I just try to focus on what I'm doing well and continuing to do that and working hard and just going out to play in the right way."
"Everybody is talking about energy, and to be honest, I'm really tired, but we are trying to do our very best. And I'm giving my very best every single day to try to come out there with energy."
Mandy Bell is a reporter for MLB.com based in Baltimore.