Wilson Ramos arrived at his stall within the Mets’ clubhouse to a cluster of balloons jokingly commemorating his 50th birthday, an exaggeration of 18 years by whoever pulled the prank on the veteran catcher.
Ramos obtained a much more essential designation from supervisor Mickey Callaway for Saturday’s sport towards Washington — one other likelihood to catch beginning pitcher Noah Syndergaard.
The reunited pairing hit it off, with Syndergaard lasting seven innings after permitting a two-run homer to Anthony Rendon within the first. Ramos additionally belted a game-tying blast within the fourth of the rolling Mets’ eighth straight win, 4-3, over the Nats at Citi Subject.
“I understand how he likes to throw, energy pitch and all that, however I do know I haven’t been catching him for a few begins,” Ramos mentioned after the sport. “I at all times focus on my strategy behind the plate and what he likes to do … and he threw a reasonably good sport.”
Defensive-minded backup Tomas Nido had began for Syndergaard’s earlier seven appearances for the reason that righty returned from the injured record on June 30. After Syndergaard departed a 2-2 sport after seven innings and 97 pitches thrown, Juan Soto and Luis Guillorme traded solo photographs within the eighth, with the Mets going forward later within the inning on J.D. Davis’ sacrifice fly.
Syndergaard now has labored no less than seven innings in every of his previous six outings (1.91 ERA). His general ERA in 9 video games began by Nido is 3.35, nonetheless greater than a full run higher (4.50) in 12 video games with Ramos as his batterymate.
“When Noah is Noah, it doesn’t matter who’s catching him,” Callaway mentioned.
Ramos, after all, is vastly superior offensively to Nido. His fourth-inning homer into the second deck in left — the tail finish of back-to-back blasts with Davis to tie the sport — moved Ramos again right into a tie with Gary Sanchez for the major-league lead amongst catchers with 59 RBIs.
“I’m very excited for that. I focus lots on bringing runners in each time I get a possibility to do it,” Ramos mentioned.
Callaway additionally mentioned he believes the 32-year-old backstop’s protection has improved considerably over the course of the season. Ramos has been behind the plate for 4 workers shutouts through the Mets’ 21-5 surge into postseason rivalry.
“He’s clearly catching the vast majority of the video games,” Callaway mentioned. “You want his bat in the course of the lineup.”
Afterward, the 32-year-old Ramos additionally admitted with a smile that he was “actually pissed” in regards to the 50th birthday balloons, which nonetheless hovered above his locker. “I’m not 50,” he mentioned.
“That was the true cause he caught at present. You’ll be able to’t sit anyone on their birthday,” Callaway mentioned jokingly. “However he’s carried out an amazing job and he deserves to catch as usually as attainable.”