New York Mets Player Evaluations: Pitcher Erasmo Ramirez

Erasmo Ramirez was a latecomer to the New York Mets roster but became a useful arm in the bullpen. The 30-year old swingman only allowed one run in the month he spent with the Mets.

Ramirez was with the team from Spring Training and was released for a couple of days before making it back to the 40-man roster. When he arrived in September, he was a great long reliever in the bullpen. Ramirez’s ability to get quick outs and soft contact helped lead to his success in the bullpen.

Great Debut

In his Mets debut, Ramirez had his longest outing of the season. His long appearance was five innings of one-run ball out of the bullpen. In typical fashion, he only had one strikeout and did not walk a single batter. The reliance on contact resulted in a 54 pitch outing with 34 strikes.

That outing set the tone for what to expect from Ramirez. He threw 9.1 innings of shutout baseball in his final five outings, which included the first three lasting at least six outs. In that span, he struck out eight batters while holding opposing hitters to a .182 batting average.

Ramirez’s success came from ditching his 4-seam fastball for his sinking fastball. The 4-seamer was only thrown 4% of the time (career-low), and the sinker was thrown 41% of the time (career-high). Ramirez increased cutter use at 38% allowed him to use the hard stuff most of the time. It never allowed the hitters to assume a fastball would head in the same direction each time they saw it.

This does not mean that Ramirez will continue to be as dominant in the future. His 3.68 FIP, 4.84 SIERA, and 40% hard-hit percentage show he will have to continue to generate weak contact. Ramirez has never been a strikeout pitcher but is a rare innings eater. He is a quality arm to have as a swingman in the bullpen, and the Mets should bring him back in 2021.

2020 Grades On 20-80 Scale (2021 Projection)

Sinker: 65 (60), This was his money pitch as hitters only batted .190 against it.

Cutter: 70 (60), Very underrate pitch, which allowed him to be effective to both sides of the plate.

Changeup: 60 (45), 21 of 23 were against lefties and resulted in a whiff 57.1% of the time.

Curveball: 55 (45), Only threw 11, resulting in 0-for-2 against it.

4-Seam Fastball: 60 (40), Used only to change the eye level up in the zone.

Command: 60 (60), Always been a good control pitcher.

Overall: 75 (55), Could have a good impact with his increased sinker/cutter usage.

New York Mets: Four Run Ninth Inning Catapults 10-6 Win

The final game of the series for the New York Mets against the Philadelphia Phillies was all about surviving and advancing to the next game. Their starting pitcher did not make it out of the second inning, seven combined runs were scored in the first inning, and two pitchers had to throw on their third consecutive day. Despite all of it, the Mets lived to steal a 10-6 victory from the Phillies.

The Mets immediately got a lead for Seth Lugo in the first inning. Dominic Smith‘s RBI double followed by Robinson Cano‘s two-run single gave the Mets an early 3-0 lead. After Lugo struck out the first batter he faced, it was clear he had nothing on the mound.

He allowed back-to-back-to-back home runs to give back the lead as quickly as the Mets got it. After allowing a Jean Segura triple, Adam Haseley drove him in to give the Phillies a 4-3 first-inning lead. Lugo allowed another two runs in the second inning and had to be replaced with Erasmo Ramirez.

Uphill Battle

The Mets bullpen gave them everything they needed and more for the second straight night. Ramirez started with 2.1 shutout innings, Chasen Shreve followed with another 2.1 scoreless innings. During that period, a Pete Alonso solo homer and Brandon Nimmo‘s two-run triple got the Mets even with the Phillies in the sixth.

After Jeurys Familia got through the seventh, he ran into trouble in the eighth. Justin Wilson came in for a third straight game an showed the ill-effects of all the work. Wilson could not locate anything and walked the first two batters he faced to load the bases. Luckily he found the strike zone on one pitch to get Didi Gregorius to pop out and survive the eighth.

The Mets offense came alive in the ninth inning. Nimmo led off the ninth with a home run, Smith had an RBI triple, and Cano capped it off with a two-run home run. Things did not come easy for Edwin Diaz in the bottom of the ninth. He was also in for the third straight day but worked around three walks, getting the Mets a big win.

On Friday, the Mets begin a three-game weekend series against the Atlanta Braves. Steven Matz makes his return to the rotation and faces Cy Young candidate Max Fried. The first pitch from Citi Field is at 7:10 p.m. ET.

New York Mets: 10 Run Fourth Inning, Gives deGrom Plenty in 18-1 Win

Worrying about the New York Mets providing Jacob deGrom run support seems to be a thing of the past. Their 18-run effort gave more than enough for their two-time Cy Young winner in the 18-1 win over the Toronto Blue Jays.

deGrom did not have his best command but put up deGrom-like numbers. He threw six innings, holding the Blue Jays to one run on three hits with nine strikeouts. deGrom continues to make a strong case for a third consecutive Cy Young award as his ERA dropped to 1.67.

Erasmo Ramirez picked up the rare three-inning save in relief of deGrom. Ramirez held the Jays offense scoreless on two hits and only threw 30 pitches in the effort. His ERA is 1.13 through his first eight innings with the Mets.

Relentless Offense

Vladimir Guerrero Jr.‘s RBI single in the first inning was the only bright spot for the Blue Jays. After that, the Mets got things going with four runs in the third inning, highlighted by a Michael Conforto three-run home run.

The offense went bezerk in the fourth inning with ten runs. J.D. Davis started things off with an RBI fielders choice, then Dominic Smith hit a grand slam to break the game open to 9-1. Wilson Ramos contributed a three-run double, making it 12-1. The final two runs of the inning came in on a Conforto single, and Davis double.

Every starter in the lineup recorded a hit other than Pete Alonso. McNeil, Ramos, and Robinson Cano led the way with their three hits. 8 of the Mets 19 hits were for extra bases, and those same numbers (8-for-19) are how they hit with runners in scoring position.

The Mets hope to put up another similar offensive output with Seth Lugo on the mound for the second game of the series. Toronto has not named their starter for game two, but game time is 6:37 p.m. ET from Buffalo.

 

The New York Mets sign Gordon Beckham, re-sign Erasmo Ramirez

The New York Mets keep prioritizing veteran depth after MLB started allowing free agent signings and transactions. A few hours ago, they announced the signing of experienced right-handed reliever Hunter Strickland to a minor league deal, and now, they inked infielder Gordon Beckham, also to a minor league pact.

In addition, the Mets re-signed right-hander Erasmo Ramirez, who pitched the original spring training with them.

With the two players in the fold, the New York Mets have now made four additions to the 60-man player pool since the initial roster came to light on Sunday evening, the other ones being Strickland and outfielder Ryan Cordell, who was released at some point in the last few months but is now back with the club.

Beckham, once a top prospect who failed to live up to the hype, is now 33 years old. He was let go by the San Diego Padres back in March after failing to make a good impression. He hit .215/.271/.372 in his 340 plate appearances with the Tigers last season. That’s why expectations regarding Beckham should not be high, but of course, since it is a low-risk move, the Mets are hoping he can at least provide depth.

The Mets bring back Ramirez

With Ramirez, the Mets bring back a useful right-handed arm that can serve a variety of roles out of the bullpen, from a long man to a middle reliever or even a spot starter, if needed. He was with the team during the abbreviated spring training, but he spent the majority of the 2019 season in Triple-A.

The New York Mets have some of the best young stars in the game, including Jeff McNeil, Pete Alonso and Michael Conforto. However, when looking for depth, they are seeking the free agent market and made a couple of interesting signings.

New York Mets Sign Erasmo Ramirez to Minor League Deal

After bolstering their infield depth by signing Eduardo Nunez, the New York Mets signed veteran pitcher Erasmo Ramirez to a minor league deal. Ramirez joins the Mets after spending a majority of the 2019 season in the minors with the Boston Red Sox.

Ramirez is a swingman who can start and pitch out of the bullpen. During his 27 outings (24 starts) in Triple-A during 2019, he pitched 145.1 innings and a 4.74 ERA. Ramirez one big-league outing resulted in him allowing four runs over three innings.

Always Good to Add Depth

His career saw better days during the two and a half seasons he spent with the Tampa Bay Rays from 2015-17. Ramirez had a 3.98 ERA over 124 games (36 starts). He is a crafty pitcher who relies on his cutter and change-up to put batters away. Ramirez fastball is more of a sinker, and it has been his best pitch over his career. His 1.4 career HR/9 shows his propensity to keep the ball in the yard.

Ramirez is an upgrade to some of the depth pieces the Mets will have in the minor leagues. He is only heading into his age-30 season and is getting a full, healthy offseason after finishing his first full season after a shoulder injury. Ramirez will likely settle back into the serviceable reliever he has always been. If the Mets bullpen suffers injuries, he will likely be one of the first options for the team uses. This is a solid signing because there are no expectations for Ramirez, and he has an excellent opportunity to recover from two lackluster seasons.