As José Ramírez goes, so go the Cleveland Indians.
OK, that’s not 100% true. Baseball isn’t exactly an individualistic sport, as winning requires contributions from multiple members of the roster.
That said, calling Ramírez the spark plug for the Indians’ offense is hardly hyperbole. This was hammered home by a slump he endured from late 2018 through last June, and the struggles Cleveland endured during it.
It’s a skid he appeared to leave behind midway through last season. That’s the hope, at least. Considering the Indians are potentially heading into an abbreviated season, where winning (and winning early) is crucial, they’re going to need the Ramírez of old now more than ever.