PHILADELPHIA – Wilson Ramos has become the embodiment of the Mets’ season.
Sluggish, disappointing and perhaps mentally drained, the veteran catcher endures his worst season. Most recently, he has become the Mets’ rally killer.
“It’s been a tough season for everyone,” Ramos said Tuesday after the Mets lost their third stretch, 4-1 to the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. “It’s more like a tough season mentally, but we are here and we must try not to think about the situation. Not too many good days, but we are still here and we have to fight. ”
One night, the Mets left 12 runners at base, no failure was as pronounced as Ramos̵
Ramos, whose playing time has been reduced with the recent arrival of veteran Robinson Chirinos, also hit a double play on Saturday in Buffalo after the Mets had put the tiebreaker on base in the ninth inning. Ramos ‘disappointing .676 OPS has been an eye on the Mets’ lineup.
“I have played my whole career and it is different right now. It’s not hard to play every day, ”said Ramos. “I have played every day my whole career and I have been more consistent when I play more. It is difficult, because a season of two months is not easy. ”
While the yards have top gunners Jacob deGrom and Seth Lugo to throw over the next two days, the three-game celebration they needed against another National League season competitor will not happen. The Mets (21-27) started the day two games behind the giants for NL’s second wildcard spot, but have competition from the Reds, Brewers and Rockies, who are all ahead of them.
This was not all on Ramos. Pete Alonso struggled with five runners at the base during the night, leaving them all stranded and ending up hitless in four bats. The inconsistent slugger is fisted in a 1-to-17 decline at a time that the Mets need him most.
The Mets run out of explanations for their offensive misery.
“It hurts,” said Brandon Nimmo, who attended the Mets’ only race. “We did not take advantage of any opportunities tonight as far as the framework goes. We had guys out there, we had hits, it was not exactly the right timing we wanted. It’s unfortunate. ”
The Mets had their chance in the sixth and loaded the bases when Jake Arrieta toppled Andres Gimenez. After the pitch, Arrieta grabbed his right hamstring and hobbled off the pitch. JoJo Romero came in and made Ramos hit a 6-4-3 double play on the first pitch to end the inning.
“I understand I’m not doing a good job and I can do nothing to play every day,” Ramos said. “If you’m not doing well, they’re putting someone else out there trying to win games.”
Ramos added that it has been difficult during the pandemic to be separated from his family who have 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 the bad day,” Ramos said. “Right now, I’re overthinking every night because I have nothing to do.”
Didi Gregorius’ two-run homer in the fifth against Rick Porcello buried the Mets in a 4-1 hole after JD Davis had his glove knocked off on Alec Bohm’s one-hop shot to third. Davis lost his glove but placed the ball bare-handed and almost nailed Bohm at first base. Gregorius followed with a shot from the mezzanine from the right field.
Porcello created his own mess in the fourth before pinch hitter Adam Haseley struck a two-run single. Jean Segura and Adam Knapp both went in inning, with a double squeezed in between by Scott Kingery. With the bases loaded, Phillies manager Joe Girardi went on to kill by using Haseley to squeeze hit for Kyle Garlick. Two runs scored on Haseley’s single, and further injuries were avoided with Michael Conforto’s extended grip in front of the right field fence on Ronan Quinn’s drive.