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Hanley Ramirez was great at beating the Atlanta Braves during the divisional round. But the Cardinals didn't really give him a chance to do that in Game 1 of the NLCS, as they walked him three times.
Sure, you're putting a man on base, but the way Ramirez has been swinging the bat lately, you'd rather it be someone else beating you.
Ramirez was dominant all year (when he was healthy), batting .345 with 20 home runs and 57 RBI in 86 games. But his monthly numbers tell the biggest story:
*Note: April and May aren't included due to injuries, which limited him to 11 total at-bats in those two months.
While August was a little bit of an off month for Ramirez, he got things going again in September and it carried over into the postseason.
Friday's outing doesn't advocate walking him every time, but the Cardinals need to pick the right times to go after him.
The Cardinals can't let Ramirez beat them. That could be dangerous considering Adrian Gonzalez (batting .350 in the postseason) is behind him in the lineup. However, Ramirez has already proven to be a killer at the plate in October.