After a long weekend with Minnesota, Hanley Ramirez was named the AL Player of the Week on Monday afternoon.
Hanley hit five homeruns in his last five games, starting with a 3 homer night for the first baseman against San Fransisco earlier this week. Against the Twins, Ramirez hit a three-run homer in not one but two games.
In his last seven starts, Ramirez has had 12 RBI’s, finishing the week with a .280 average, .379 on base percentage and 1.048 SLG- with three of his homers reaching 403, 396 and 393 feet.
This makes Hanley the second Red Sox player to be granted the award this season, with JBJ winning it in May.
Despite Hanley’s powerful offensive performance this past weekend, the Red Sox only managed to split the series with the Twins. Though a four game sweep is tough to do for anyone, the Sox should have won Saturday’s game and thus the series. Though the offense came up strong scoring 9 runs on, the problem again came down to pitching. Price gave up 11 hits in 5 and 2/3 innings, for the second consecutive start.
Splitting a series with arguably one of the worst team’s in baseball doesn’t bode well for a team that has a tough road ahead. The Sox open up a a three game series against Detroit tonight, before heading to Los Angeles to face the Angels.