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If the Milwaukee Brewers want their offense to click on all cylinders, they’ll need every able body to do it. Last year, the Brewers ran into problems with injuries that plagued a lot of the core hitters, including a big-time veteran.
The question for this week was, “If consistently healthy, what are your expectations for Aramis Ramirez this season?”
“If he can stay on the field, he could be the single most important piece of this team. However, should he get hurt…the team isn’t deep enough to produce his offensive output, thus dooming the middle of the lineup.
“Two years ago, Ramirez exceeded everyone’s expectations when it came to performance and health. Last year, reality set in, which was unfortunate considering A-Ram’s blistering start. Even should he stay healthy, I don’t expect a repeat of Year 1, as he will turn 36 in June, but I still see Ramirez putting together a solid season — something like 22 HRs, 90 RBIs and a .285/.355/.510 split — thanks in part to the players that surround him in the lineup.”
“A healthy Aramis Ramirez (and Ryan Braun) have the potential to make the Brewers’ lineup one of the best in baseball. In 2012 the two produced a great part of the team’s offense, but now also have Carlos Gomez, Jean Segura and really the rest of the line-up to compliment the duo. A healthy middle of the lineup (something they didn’t have last year) should increase production throughout the batting order, creating a feared lineup for NL pitching and hopefully enjoyable big innings for Brewer fans.”
“He should bat somewhere around the .290 mark with 20 or so home runs. His baseball talent isn’t deteriorating because of his age, but his body is beginning to fail him…at least it did in 2013. If he can play 140+ games, Ramirez should be the same player he was in 2012.
“A healthy Ramirez could bolster the offense in a big way. With Braun back, he and Ramirez can potentially become a huge part of the line-up, especially when you throw in Gomez, Segura and Jonathan Lucroy. Yet again, Ramirez is just a small part of the things that need to go right for the Brewers this season, but even as he ages, injuries don’t seem to slow down his production. He’ll be a formidable fourth hitter in the NL Central.”
That’s what we had to say about Ramirez, how about you? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.