PHILADELPHIA — Wilson Ramos has become the embodiment of the Mets’ season.
Sluggish, disappointing and perhaps mentally drained, the veteran catcher is enduring his worst season. Lately, he has become the Mets’ rally killer.
“It’s been a tough season for everybody,” Ramos said Tuesday after the Mets lost their third straight, 4-1 to the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. “It’s more like a tough season mentally, but we’re here and we have to try not thinking about the situation. Not too many good days, but we’re still here and we have to fight.”
On a night the Mets left 12 runners on base, no failure was as pronounced as Ramos’ inning-ending double=play grounder in the sixth after the Mets had loaded the bases. Overall, the Mets lineup was quiet for a third straight game since scoring 18 runs on Friday against the Blue Jays.
Ramos, whose playing time has been reduced with the recent arrival of veteran Robinson Chirinos, also hit into a double play Saturday in Buffalo, after the Mets had put the tying run on base in the ninth inning. Ramos’ disappointing .676 OPS has been an eyesore in the Mets’ lineup.
“I’ve been playing all my career and it’s different right now, not playing every day is a little bit hard,” Ramos said. “I have been playing every day all my career and I have been more consistent when I play more. It’s hard, because a two-month season is not easy.”
While the Mets have top guns Jacob deGrom and Seth Lugo to pitch the next two days, the three-game sweep they needed against another National League postseason contender won’t happen. The Mets (21-27) began the day two games behind the Giants for the NL’s second wild-card spot, but have competition from the Reds, Brewers and Rockies, who are all ahead of them.
This one wasn’t all on Ramos. Pete Alonso batted with five runners on base throughout the night and left them all stranded, finishing hitless in four at-bats. The inconsistent slugger has nosedived into a 1-for-17 slump at a time the Mets need him most.
The Mets are running out of explanations for their offensive woes.
“It hurts,” said Brandon Nimmo, who homered for the Mets’ only run. “We didn’t take advantage of some opportunities tonight as far as the hitting goes. We had guys out there, we had hits, it wasn’t exactly the right timing we would have liked. It’s unfortunate.”
The Mets had their chance in the sixth, loading the bases when Jake Arrieta plunked Andres Gimenez. After the pitch, Arrieta clutched his right hamstring and hobbled off the field. JoJo Romero entered and got Ramos to hit into a 6-4-3 double play on the first pitch to end the inning.
“I understand I am not doing a great job and I can’t do anything to play every day,” Ramos said. “If you’re not doing good, they put somebody else out there to try to win games.”
Ramos added that it’s been difficult during the pandemic to be separated from his family, which has remained in South Florida.
“It’s different when you have a family with you and you come back after a bad day and you see your kids, you forget about that bad day,” Ramos said. “Right now I’m overthinking every night because I don’t have anything to do.”
Didi Gregorius two-run homer in the fifth against Rick Porcello buried the Mets in a 4-1 hole after J.D. Davis had his glove knocked off on Alec Bohm’s one-hop shot to third. Davis lost his glove, but fielded the ball barehanded and nearly nailed Bohm at first base. Gregorius followed with a shot off the right-field mezzanine.
Porcello created his own mess in the fourth, before pinch-hitter Adam Haseley stroked a two-run single. Jean Segura and Adam Knapp both walked in the inning, with a double sandwiched in-between by Scott Kingery. With the bases loaded, Phillies manager Joe Girardi went for the kill by using Haseley to pinch hit for Kyle Garlick. Two runs scored on Haseley’s single and further damage was avoided with Michael Conforto’s extended grab in front of the right-field fence on Ronan Quinn’s drive.
New York Post
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