Ramos blew a save in Miami on Tuesday, giving up three runs on five hits and a walk over two-thirds of an inning. This marks just his third unconverted opportunity in 30 tries, as Ramos has largely been very effective in dicey moments. However, he ran into trouble against his old teammates in this one right away with Justin Bour touching off the scoring with a homer, after which Ramos got singled to death. The righty -- who'll celebrate his 31st birthday Wednesday -- remains firmly atop the pecking order in the Mets' bullpen.
Ramos retired the only two batters he faced to earn his 27th save Friday against the Reds. The Reds entered the ninth inning with a five-run lead, but after the bullpen allowed a run and leaving runners on base, Ramos entered the game in a save situation. Although he has a pedestrian 3.46 ERA, he's been a strong fantasy option based on his ability to close out games.
Ramos struck out both batters he faced to finish off the Reds for his 26th save Wednesday. Starter Rafael Montero carried a strong outing into the ninth inning, only to tire and depart with the bases loaded and one out. On came Ramos, who snappily struck out a pair of powerful hitters in Adam Duvall and Scooter Gennett to finish off the 2-0 win. Jeurys Familia's return from injury isn't looking like it's going to impact Ramos' ninth-inning job at all.
Ramos worked around three hits and a walk with two strikeouts to earn his 25th save of the season Sunday against the Nationals. Ramos was called upon with a man on and nobody out in the eighth inning in this one. He put two men on to load the bases but was able to escape the frame with no damage done. Ramos came back out for the ninth and nearly allowed the tying run to score on a double by Daniel Murphy, only for Edwin Jackson to be thrown out at home to end the game. Ramos now has converted five consecutive save opportunities with a 13:4 K:BB over his last nine innings. He has performed capably as the team's closer, but the eventual return to speed by Jeurys Familia could see the former displaced from his current role.
Ramos allowed one run on two hits and two walks while striking out one across one inning to earn his 24th save Friday against the Nationals. Ramos was protecting a three-run lead, but burned through 28 pitches while adding quite a bit of drama to a divisional victory. Even though he has a mediocre 3.81 ERA to go along with a 1.31 WHIP, he's blown just two saves this season, and remains a strong fantasy asset as a closer.
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