Last season, New York Mets‘ starter Noah Syndergaard revealed that he preferred to pitch to Tomas Nido and Rene Rivera rather than do it to Wilson Ramos. That was not ideal since Ramos is the team’s starting catcher.
However, the backstop showed that his intention is to leave it all behind. The miscommunications and things that led to Thor’s preferences, at least according to Ramos, should be over.
According to Newsday’s Tim Healey, Ramos said on the first day of spring training that the saga is over because the two men had a much better communication near the end of last season.
â€œThat should help to be more on the same page this year,â€ Ramos said. â€œI learned from those little things. We got really good conversation after that case and now we got better communication, better relationship.”
â€œTo me, I never have something bad against my teammate. We learn from the bad things and we already learned from that situation, so now itâ€™s another year, 2020, and weâ€™re ready.â€
Ramos is saying all the right things. Yes, he needs to secure playing time given that he is a free agent after the season (unless the club triggers his option for 2021.) However, he seems honest and has a great attitude towards the whole situation.
Ramos is the Mets’ most dangerous offensive catcher
The New York Mets’ best defensive alignment is with Nido behind the dish. However, the team’s offense is at its best when Ramos is occupying the position. After all, he is a career .275/.322/.436 with a 104 wRC+. Nido is not an offensive threat.
According to Ramos, he will keep doing something he tried late last season. He will set up with one knee on the ground.
That will make it easier to receive pitches in the bottom of the zone and just below it, which should help his framing. That is, precisely, a “comfort zone” for Syndergaard and Marcus Stroman.
â€œIt was hard to get those pitches a little bit because Iâ€™m a big guy,â€ said the 6-1, 245 pound Ramos. â€œThis spring, I would like to work more with my knee on the ground. That will help me to get that low target to my guys. I hope they feel more better with that low target.â€