PHILADELPHIA – Wilson Ramos has become the epitome of the Mets season.
Slow, frustrating and perhaps mentally exhausted, the veteran hunter endures his worst season. He has recently become the rally killer of the Mets.
“It’s been a tough season for everyone,” Ramos said on Tuesday after Metz lost their third straight 1-1 win at Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. “Mentally, it’s more of a difficult season, but we’re here and we should try not to think about the situation. It’s not a very good day, but we’re still here and we have to fight. “
On the night the Mets left 12 runners at base, no failure was as pronounced as the inning-finishing double = Ramos̵
Ramos, whose playing time has been reduced with the recent arrival of veteran Robinson Cirinos, also joined a double game on Saturday in Buffalo after the Mets drew the base in the ninth inning. Ramos’ disappointing .676 OPS was troubling for the Mets.
“I’ve been playing all my career and it’s different right now, not playing every day is a little difficult,” Ramos said. “I play every day throughout my career and I’ve been more consistent when I play more. It is difficult because the two-month season is not easy. “
While the Mets have the best weapons Jacob deGrom and Seth Lugo to put in the next two days, the three-time cleanup they needed against another National League contender after the season won’t happen. The Mets (21-27) started the day in two games after the Giants for second place in the Wild Wild Card of the NL, but have a competition from the Reds, Brewers and Rockies, who are all ahead of them.
That wasn’t all for Ramos. Pete Alonso hit five players at the base all night and left them all blocked, finishing undefeated in four bats. The volatile balamur has plunged from 1 to 17 at a time when the Mets need it the most.
The Mets are left with no explanation for their offensive troubles.
“It hurts,” said Brandon Nimo, who settled in just for the match. “We didn’t take advantage of some opportunities tonight when it came to hitting. We had boys there, we had hits, it wasn’t exactly the time we wanted. This is a pity.
The Mets had their chance in the sixth, charging bases when Jake Arieta grabbed Andres Jimenez. After the pitch, Arrieta squeezed her right hamstring and bounced off the pitch. JoJo Romero came in and made Ramos hit 6-4-3 in a double play on the first field to end the inning.
“I understand that I’m not doing a great job and there’s nothing I can do to play every day,” Ramos said. “If you don’t do well, they make someone else try to win games.”
Ramos added that it was difficult during the pandemic to be separated from his family, who remained in South Florida.
“It’s different when you have a family with you and you come back after a bad day and see your kids, you forget about that bad day,” Ramos said. “Right now, I’m overdoing it every night because I have nothing to do.”
Didi Gregorius doubled a homer in the fifth against Rick Porcello buried the Mets in a 4-1 hole after JD Davis cut off his glove in a one-time shot by Alec Bohm to third. Davis lost his glove, but passed the ball with his bare hand and almost nailed Bom to first base. Gregorius followed with a shot from the right field mezzanine.
Porcello created his own mess in the fourth, before striker Adam Haysley stroked a double. Gene Segura and Adam Knapp entered the inning, with a double lock between Scott Kingery. With busy bases, Phyllis manager Joe Girardi tried to kill, using Haisley to hit Kyle Garlick. Two runs, scored on a single shot by Haisley and further damage were avoided with the prolonged catch of Michael Conforto in front of the fence on the right field of Ronan Quinn’s drive.