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Wilson Ramos Continued Evolution Behind The Plate Key To Mets Success

During the 2019 season, there were rumblings the Mets pitching staff was not happy with Wilson Ramos‘ work behind the plate. While Noah Syndergaard was the only one who went public, we did hear rumblings about other pitchers.

For example, there were issues early on in the season between Ramos and Jacob deGrom. This led to deGrom briefly using Tomas Nido as his personal catcher to get his season back on track and to get him moving towards winning his second straight Cy Young.

Behind the scenes, deGrom and Ramos worked together to get on the same page. Beginning on June 7, Ramos again caught deGrom the majority of the time. From that point forward, deGrom was 8-3 with a 1.88 ERA. In essence, the two figured it out, and once again, deGrom was deGrom.

All we know is that the two worked out what needed to be worked out, but we never quite knew the issue. In a recent interview with the Philadelphia Inquirer, Zack Wheeler described what the issue between Ramos and really the rest of the pitching staff might’ve been.

Wheeler mostly tabbed unfamiliarity as the issue saying, “I wanted to go up there [with high fastballs] but he wasn’t calling it, so I didn’t throw it up there. Nothing on him. He was getting used to us also. But I knew I needed to go up there a good bit, even early in the count.”

Looking at Wheeler’s first half, he struggled. In 19 starts, he had a 4.69 ERA. The second half was a different story. As Wheeler noted, Ramos was calling the pitches up in the zone more, as he had wanted, and Wheeler rebounded to have another big second half.

Akin to deGrom and Wheeler, we saw clear first half and second half splits for the Mets. In the first half, the Mets were outside the top ten in most pitching categories including their having a 4.88 team ERA, which was 10th worst in the majors. In the second half, the Mets staff was significantly improved to be among the best staffs in the game with a 3.48 ERA, which was fourth best in the Majors.

Perhaps it is of no coincidence the Mets were a completely different team in the second half. After being 10 games under .500 in the first half, they were 20 games over .500 (.644) in the second half. With Ramos figuring things out behind the plate and getting on the same page with the Mets pitchers, they were a completely different team.

It seems the only pitcher Ramos couldn’t quite figure things out with was Syndergaard, but to his credit Ramos is working on it by changing his stance. This should allow him to better catch and frame for Syndergaard leading to better results.

Across the board, there should be better results. After all, the awkward feeling out period between Ramos and the staff isn’t really present. In fact, aside from Dellin Betances, Rick Porcello, and Michael Wacha, Ramos has worked with this staff. He knows what they need to do to succeed, and more importantly, what he needs to do to help them succeed.

Overall, Ramos was a a part of the problem in the first half – a big part. However, he was part of the solution in the second half, and now, he may be a big reason why the Mets win in 2020.

7 thoughts on “Wilson Ramos Continued Evolution Behind The Plate Key To Mets Success”

  1. Oldbackstop says:

    Stroman as a Cy Young dark horse? I’d rank him 4th on the Mets.

    1. metsdaddy says:

      Please don’t tell me you have him ranked lower than Porcello.

  2. Oldbackstop says:

    The 30 year old that has already won a Cy Young and has 149 career wins? No, I don’t think Porcello will win the Cy Young. But he is more likely than Stroman. He has 32 or more starts the last four years, and has had double digit winning seasons 10 times (his other year was 9) because he goes deep into games, and his peripherals should get a big boost getting away from the AL, DH and Boston.

    Are wins a factor in Cy Young voting after the deGrom revolution? Yes, far less, but it is considered. Porcello has a knack of notching victories, much as deGrom doesn’t. As I said, he has had 10 seasons of double digit wins (+ one 9 win season) — deGrom, Thor, Matz and Stroman have a career total of 11 seasons.

    Will Porcello win the Cy Young? No, how we got into this stupid debate I forget. Might he be in the top three on the Mets in wins and innings pitched? Good chance of that.

    1. metsdaddy says:

      You’re ignoring every season past Porcello’s career year.

  3. Oldbackstop says:

    In the three years since the Cy Young, Porcello is 46-42 with a 4.79 ERA with 33 starts per year. He has said his mechanics were a mess last year and he is concentrating on getting back to his Cy Young form.

    I’m not blind to his problems. His ERA will adjust to the N.L. If he gets his mechanics back, we have a 30 year old Cy Young winner who is a workhorse and inning burner.

    And when Stroman has a career year I won’t ignore it.

    Hey, I hope Stroman wins the Cy Young. I hope five Mets tie for it. I’m very optimistic that Porcello can return to have a strong year.

    1. metsdaddy says:

      Three years since Porcello’s Cy Young, Stroman has a 3.65 ERA

      1. oldbackstop says:

        Oh, Cy Young, you are right.

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