Wilson Ramos ‘Mets’ starting station in jeopardy after mistake

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PHILADELPHIA – Wilson Ramos’ take on a starting post with the Mets could slip.One night after the veteran wide receiver delayed applying the tag at home plate to allow the Phillies to score the game-winning run, Ramos was on the bench on Saturday because coach Luis Rojas wanted to pair starting pitcher Steven Matz with Tomas Nido.

But beyond the tactical reason for Nido’s departure, Ramos’ batting decline – he was signed mostly due to his offensive ability – has caught the attention of team officials. Ramos came on with a .197 / .269 / .279 slash with one home run and four RBIs as the weakest link in the roster.

Ramos was presented with a breakdown of his ailments during a meeting on Saturday with Rojas and members of the technical staff.

“His chase rate is a bit higher, his first throw swing is a bit higher, so those are two things that work against him,” Rojas said. “He didn’t necessarily get hit right away and the other throwers when they see that they’re going to start to spread and know you’re going to chase.

Philadelphia Phillies' Roman Quinn, right, scores the winning run on Friday ahead of Mets wide receiver Wilson Ramos.
Philadelphia Phillies’ Roman Quinn, right, scores the winning run on Friday ahead of Mets wide receiver Wilson Ramos.AP

Nido had a career day when he started against the Nationals on Thursday, when he scored two home runs, including a grand slam, and finished with six RBIs. The Mets have long favored Nido behind plate due to his defense, but he never punched enough to warrant a starting job. That may have changed after an offseason in which Nido revamped his swing, with the help of a private instructor.

Now it’s Ramos who needs help.

“It’s more mental,” Ramos said. “I’m always here, ready to work and try to be better. This is what I want right now and I hope I will get out of this crisis very soon.

Ramos scored late Roman Quinn on a Michael Conforto throw that beat the runner by at least 10 feet on Friday for the winning run. Ramos, who did not speak to reporters after the game, gave his opinion in a text message to the Post ahead of Saturday’s game.

“I honestly thought it was a withdrawal,” Ramos said. “When I saw the replay I saw that I had left the glove a bit high and the runner had slipped completely fine due to the agility he has, but I don’t think it is bad contact even if [people] think otherwise. ”

Later, Ramos said in a group interview on Zoom: “I just reacted. I’ve been thinking about this play all night, but these plays unfold in half a second. We don’t have time to think about what to do in these situations. We have to react and try to make these games. “

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