Hanley Ramirez and Yasiel Puig: Co-MVP’s?
Of course this would never happen, but should it? Yasiel Puig debuted on 6/3 and has hit .358/.419/.567 since. Hanley Ramirez returned from injury a day later and has a .356/.405/.635 triple slash line on the season. Across 511 plate appearances, Puig/Ramirez have combined for 34 doubles, four triples, 23 home runs, 66 RBI and 87 runs. More importantly, the Dodgers were a shit-show early in the season. Today, they have a five game lead in the National League West and have won nine of 10 games.
Andrew McCutchen has accumulated 6.1 WAR and is the most complete player in the National League. Joey Votto and Paul Goldschmidt also deserve consideration as the best players on contending teams as well.
But Puig/Ramirez have combined for 6.8 WAR and are in the midst of writing baseball’s best storyline. I keep thinking it needs to be memorialized in a big way.
Maybe this post makes no sense, but it’s difficult to not come back to the fact Ramirez/Puig have combined for the same number of plate appearances as a single player would. McCutchen has 514. Votto has 555. Goldschmidt has 534.
Puig’s Ascension, and Ramirez’ return to elite has turned Los Angeles’ season around and caused baseball writers to do little more than shrug at Matt Kemp‘s horrid 2013. Not only has the tandem led the Dodgers, but they’ve offset the production of a recent MVP candidate.
Even more impressive is the Dodgers have only two qualified leaders for the batting title this season. Adrian Gonzalez has been rock solid, but not the player of a few years ago. Andre Ethier has been above league average, but not the same player he was either.
This lineup has been kept together by Elmer’s Glue and Scotch Tape. Early in the season, they fielded little more than a Triple-A roster.
And if having them share the National League MVP is amenable to sports writers, then both deserve consideration for Fantasy Baseball MVP’s. In the Ottoneu Experts League, the owners of Ramirez and Puig have surged from near the bottom of the league in 2012 to top-three teams in 2013.
2 Feb 2014 / Mike Newman /
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