Red Sox @ Dodgers Aug. 5, 2016: Welcome back, Hanley Ramirez

This should be a fun series. The Dodgers are hosting one of the best offenses in the game, and it also includes a return.

Red Sox
Dodgers
7:10 p.m. PT
Los Angeles
RF Betts  2B Utley
2B Pedroia SS Seager
SS Bogaerts  3B Turner
1B Ramirez RF Reddick
CF Bradley 1B Gonzalez
3B Hill C Grandal
C Leon LF Kendrick
LF Brentz CF Pederson
P
Wright (R)
P
Kazmir (L)

Yes, this is Hanley Ramirez‘s first game at Dodger Stadium since he left after the 2014 season. His first season in Boston was an unmitigated disaster (-1.8 WAR, 89 wRC+), but this season he’s doing much better as the Sox’s first baseman (1.1 WAR, 112 wRC+).

Some radio hosts will only say bad things about Hanley — and yes, his time with the Dodgers wasn’t all peaches and cream — but his on-field performance was great, including a ridiculous 191 wRC+ in 2013. You’ll remember, that season ended for him (in effect) when Joe Kelly broke his rib with a fastball in the first game of the National League Championship Series.

And yeah, he booted the ground ball in Clayton Kershaw‘s no-hitter that kept it from being a perfect game (in theory), but Ramirez was never known for his defense anyway.

When he signed with Boston, I wrote the article and chose to focus on the positive.

“Ramirez’s time with the Dodgers spanned about two and a half years, and he ended up being one of the best “shortstops” the Dodgers ever had. In his time, he hit .299/.368/.506 in 278 career games as a Dodger, including a ridiculous .345/.402/.638 in 2013. Unfortunately, he was only able to play 86 games that year and he had a good 2014, but it looked worse than it actually was compared to his 2013.”

“It’s been real, Hanley. I know I’ll never forget that magical, yet shortened, 2013 performance, and trying to play through the broken rib in the playoffs. People can give him crap for his poor defense, but they can never question his heart.”

So when a certain post-game host decides to take digs at Ramirez (and trust me, it’s gonna happen), just remember the good Hanley.

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Here’s some injury news, because it wouldn’t be a game thread without some injuries.

Heh, cute. Kershaw is having his lower-back amputated tomorrow.

Great. I’m sure the Dodgers were hoping Trayce Thompson would be available sooner than that. At this point, it’s best that he gets completely healthy before returning.

Ross Stripling gets the nod over Jose De Leon. Makes sense to me. Rich Hill‘s debut on Sunday should be good fun.

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About Dustin Nosler

Dustin Nosler

Dustin Nosler began writing about the Dodgers in July 2009 at his blog, Feelin’ Kinda Blue. He co-hosts a weekly podcast with Jared Massey called Dugout Blues. He is a contributor/editor at The Hardball Times. He graduated from California State University, Sacramento, with his bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in digital media. While at CSUS, he worked for the student-run newspaper The State Hornet for three years, culminating with a 1-year term as editor-in-chief. He resides in Stockton, Calif., and has yet to be shot.