Friday, June 4, 2010

Aramis Ramirez is Spanish for Aaron Miles

This year, as of tonight's game in Houston, Aramis Ramirez has 189 plate appearances and racked up the following stats:

27 hits, 15 runs scored, 4 homeruns, 20 RBIs and an AVG/OBP/SLG/OPS hitting line of .158/.222/.263/.485.

Last year, Aaron Miles had 170 plate appearances for the Cubs and produced:

29 hits, 17 runs scored, 0 homeruns, 5 RBIs, and .185/.224/.242/.466 hitting line.

Aramis had a lot of goodwill built up because he has been an awesome hitter since the moment he arrived from Pittsburgh, but let's make no mistake, he is down in Aaron Miles territory and looking up at Mario Mendoza this year.  That is the only thing preventing him from being the running joke that Miles was last year.

At this point, I don't know what is wrong with him and I am at the point where I no longer even care.  If he isn't hurt, they need to tell him he is or they need to hold him down and let Ted Lilly pretend his knee is a pipe in the Dodgers' clubhouse.  The man is doing nothing but hurting the Cubs.

Get him out of the lineup under the guise of injury and then send him to the minors on a rehab assignment to get his swing back.  Give him the two weeks off to clear his head, rest his body, and get his hitting in order. 

Chad Tracy can fill in for two weeks.  He would be hard-pressed to do worse than Ramirez at this point.  There is nowhere to go but up.  Only Aaron Miles could do worse and then only by a very little bit.  By the time Aramis gets back, they can keep Tracy on the roster if he is being useful and send Colvin down so he can get some damn playing time somewhere.  If Tracy sucks again, just cut him and begin the fire sale.

The team needs Aramis Ramirez if they have any hope of making a run, but the man they know as Aramis Ramirez isn't here right now.  It is Aaron Miles running around in Aramis' uniform.  That isn't good for anyone.


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