With one third of the baseball season left to play, the L.A. Dodgers picked up one of the greatest hitters to ever play the game, Manny Ramirez. Manny was simply Manny over the playoff run, hitting an incredible: .396 ave 17 HR 53 RBI 1.232 OPS over 53 games, leading the Dodgers into the playoffs.
Here are some other notable hitting performances during the stretch run (August 1st to end of season):
Denard Span: Twins: 46 runs in 55 games
Ichiro Suzuki: 77 hits in 54 games, 1805 hits in American MLB career
Dustin Pedroia: in 50 Games, 22 doubles, 40 runs, .353 ave., .585 slg. Bosox were only 2.5 games ahead of Yanks on Aug. 1.
Miguel Cabrera: Tigers 18 HRs
Jimmy Rollins: 21 SB, 2 CS
Carlos Pena: 13 HRs, 52 BB – helped Tampa Bay to their 1st playoff ever.
Melvin Mora: .388 ave, .657 slg. Trading Melvin Mora cost the Mets more playoff appearances than trading Tom Seaver! Speaking of the Mets:
Carlos Beltran: .322 ave with 16 D and 12 HR
Ryan Church: .219 with 2 HR. ugh!
Miguel Tejada: 18 GIDP in 52 Games! Take that, Jim Rice! This did not prevent the Astros from achieving the best record in baseball over this stretch, 35-18. On August 1, only half game separated the Astros and the Pirates.