Ramirez went 3-for-4 with a double, a solo home run and a second run scored in Saturday's 9-4 loss to the Royals. The switch hitter is now just one homer shy of his first 40-homer campaign, having already topped the century mark in RBI for the first time with 106. Ramirez's .274 batting average is actually his lowest mark since he became a regular starter in 2016, but it's the only relative blemish on an otherwise MVP-caliber season.
Ramirez is not starting Monday against the White Sox, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. The Indians can afford to give their hardest-worked players some days off in the final week of the season with the team locked into the third seed in the AL playoffs. Adam Rosales will start in his place at second base.
Ramirez will not start Sunday against the Tigers. Ramirez will sit for just the fourth time this season. Adam Rosales will get the call at second base.
Ramirez went 3-for-4 with three runs, two RBI, a double and a triple in Saturday's 15-0 win over the Tigers. It's Ramirez's first multi-hit game since Aug. 28, and he was slashing .164/.303/.255 with three extra-base hits over 66 plate appearances in that stretch prior to Saturday. The 25-year-old came up a home run short of the cycle and has a .282 average and .973 OPS with 38 home runs and 101 RBI this season.
Ramirez went 1-for-4 with a solo homer in Wednesday's loss to the Rays. Ramirez broke up Blake Snell's no-hitter with a leadoff homer, his 38th of the season, in the top of the seventh inning, though that wouldn't be enough for Cleveland to pick up the win. Despite his slow start to the month -- he's hitting just .190/.320/.310 with one homer and three steals through 11 games in September -- the 25-year-old is still slashing a healthy .280/.393/.574 with 32 stolen bases, 99 RBI and 98 runs on the season.