That was until the calendar turned to the month of July.
Someone broke open the ice block Jose Ramirez was trapped in for three months, and now the rest of the league is going to pay.pic.twitter.com/6LNhIwKbAQ— Sporting News MLB (@sn_mlb) July 19, 2019
In 55 July at-bats, Ramirez is slashing .327/.333/.636 with four home runs and 15 RBI. To put that into context, in less than a months worth of work he's hit almost half of his homers and driven in one third of his runs.
José Ramírez, last 102 PA:— Jon Hegglund (@JonHegglund) July 19, 2019
.312/.363/.581, 5 HR, 4 SB, 20 R, 19 RBI.
In other words, he's been...José Ramírez.
Of course, Ramirez ended the 2018 season hitting .174/.322/.315 with two home runs and 11 RBI in the month of September, making this a prolonged stretch of awful play at the plate that made you worried he was regressing to the mean.
It may have taken him 10 months or so to get out of this funk, but it seems like Ramirez is back to being one of the best players in the game nobody talks about.