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JEFF'S CHICAGO SPORTS BLOG - ARAMIS RAMIREZ FOR MVP?

CUB FEVER CONTINUES, AND I'M ON THE CASE!

Jeff Aridto - Dean's Team Listing Specialist!After attending the Chicago Cubs victory over Pittsburgh on Friday, I've decided that Cub slugger Aramis Ramirez is the team MVP.  If he finishes strong in this last week you could make the argument that he should be considered for league MVP. 

There's no doubt that you can make a strong argument that Ted Lilly, Alfonso Soriano, Carlos Marmol and Ryan Theriot have staked their claim but let's take a closer look at Ramirez.

Check Ramirez's stats!  Currently, he leads the team in RBI's, slugging percentage and batting average.  He is second in total bases, homeruns and triples and he's third in hits, doubles and on-base percentage.  Ramirez has done this while playing in only 125 games and logging only 478 at-bats.  Projecting out his numbers had he stayed healthy for the entire season, Ramirez, at his current pace and looking only at three offensive categories, would have 31 homeruns, 121 RBI's, and 185 hits. 

These stats would put him in the running for the league MVP with the likes of Colorado Rockies Outfielder Matt Holliday and Prince Fielder, First Baseman of the rival Milwaukee Brewers. 

The argument could be made that Ramirez hasn't had a consistent five hitter behind him who could protect him and thus he's faced a ton of off-speed pitches and the proverbial "pitching around" mentality.  Fielder has Corey Hart hitting behind him with an average of .301, 21 homeruns and 73 runs batted in while Holliday has Todd Helton, long-time feared hitter in the National League, batting behind him with 15 homers, 82 runs batted in and a .316 batting average. 

On the other hand, Aramis Ramirez has had a collection of five hitters behind most notably, Cliff Floyd.  Floyd is hitting .284 with 9 homers and 45 runs batted in and if you add Jacque Jones to this slot in the order, Jacque is hitting .273 with five homers and 59 runs batted in.  So, neither of these hitters really strikes the fear in any opposing pitcher and thus there is little protection for Ramirez.

In summary, Ramirez is one of the most underrated players in the game and should certainly be appreciated by Cub fans.  He's the team MVP and the best clutch hitter/big game player we've got!  Go RAM - lead the Chicago Cubs to the post season!

Do you agree with me about Ramirez?  Write back and let me know!

DEAN'S TEAM CHICAGO SPORTS EDITOR,

JEFF ARDITO

Posted: Saturday, September 22, 2007 9:06 AM by Dean's Team

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