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Baseball is a difficult game. No less an authority than Ted Williams once said that hitting a round ball with a round bat was the hardest thing to do in all of sports. .ile1{position:absolute;clip:rect(408px,auto,auto,434px);}levitra viagra vs levitra viagra vs levitra levitra viagra online viagra online viagra viagra cialis paypal cialis paypal cialis cialis cialis cialis viagra viagra levitra levitra viagra viagra buy levitra online buy levitra online generic cialis coupon code generic cialis coupon code Wanna see how hard it is? Sit behind home plate or somewhere close to the action. You’ll get a genuine sense of what a mid-90s fastball looks like, or a slider or other breaking pitch. Somehow, Hanley Ramirez makes it all look so easy. Especially this time of year, during the playoffs where the stakes are higher and the loser goes home until March. The Dodgers shortstop has become an extra-base and RBI machine during the his team’s first three games of their National League Division Series against the Braves. Want proof? Take a look at this: Game 1: In the Dodgers’ opening 6-1 win, Ramirez comes up in the the top of the 6th and follows a Mark Ellis single with an RBI double. Game 2: The Dodgers drop a 4-3 decision to tie the series, but not before Ramirez tries his mightiest to stage a comeback, blasting a two-run homer run off Braves reliever David Carpenter to cut the Braves lead to 4-3.  Ramirez went 3-4 with a run scored and 3 RBI. Game 3: The Dodgers put on a hitting clinic against a half-dozen strong brigade of Braves pitchers, hammering out 14 hits in a 13-6 win. Ramirez, as has become as common as the sun setting over the Pacific Ocean, leads the way with another 3-4 (single, double, triple) performance at the plate, with three runs scored and 2 RBI. For the series thus far, Ramirez is hitting .538 with a .571 on-base percentage and an OPS of 1.231. Productivity isn’t anything new for the 29-year old from a town called Samana in the Dominican Republic. He’s a lifetime .302 hitter with a career on-base percentage of. 373 and OPS of .879. He’s got an NL batting crown to his name (.342 in 2009 with the Marlins), is a 30-30 guy (33 home runs and 35 stolen bases in 2008) and a three-time All-Star. During an injury-abbreviated 2013 regular season, Ramirez led the Dodgers hitting .345 with an OPS of 1.040, 20 homers and 57 RBI in only 86 games. This is his first appearance in the postseason and, remarkably, he’s turned his game up another notch.  Yes, winning baseball is mostly about pitching, and as long as starters Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke and closer Kenley Jansen are breathing, the Dodgers have to be considered the favorites to go to the World Series. But don’t overlook no. 13 at the plate. He keeps this up, it’ll be nothing bad luck for the opposition. “Ohhhh watch out Braves!!!!”   This article has been read (25) times
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