Ramos could see additional action as a DH and pinch hitter with the Mets likely to carry three catchers on an expanded roster, Tim Britton of The Athletic reports.
Under normal circumstances, Ramos would see infrequent at-bats outside of his catching duties, but more roster flexibility would allow manager Luis Rojas to deploy his bat more often without worrying about limiting his options behind the plate. Ramos has a career .327/.382/.429 slash line in 55 plate appearances as a pinch hitter, including an 8-for-20 performance with four RBI in 2019.
Ramos has been working on his setup behind the plate to help him better receive pitches down in the strike zone, Tim Healey of Newsday reports.
The veteran catcher has never been a plus defender, so any improvement in that area would be good news for the Mets. Ramos' new stance involves him putting one knee on the ground, and less squatting could also help the 32-year-old prolong his career after he played in a career-high 141 games last season. Ramos' offense remains his calling card, though, and the team's lackluster backup options should ensure another big workload once the season begins regardless of his glovework.
Ramos went 1-for-4 in Wednesday's Grapefruit League game against the Cardinals.
The veteran catcher has yet to find his timing at the plate this spring, and Ramos is slashing .194/.219/.355 through 32 plate appearances with one home run. He's slugged double-digit homers in seven straight seasons and hit .288 or better in three of the last four campaigns, however, so a couple slow weeks in Florida should be of little concern.
Ramos is not in Sunday's lineup against the Braves.
Noah Syndergaard, who has made it well known that he does not like Ramos catching him, is on the bump for the finale. Tomas Nido will start behind the dish and hit eighth.
Ramos will sit again Saturday against the Braves.
Ramos hits the bench for the third straight contest, with the Mets seemingly wanting to give their other catchers more opportunities with nothing left to play for this season. Rene Rivera gets the nod on this occasion.
Ramos is out of the lineup for Friday's game against the Braves.
Ramos has struggled in September with a .209/.289/.343 slash line in 20 games, and he'll sit for the second straight contest Friday. Tomas Nido will start behind the plate in the series opener.
Ramos is not starting Thursday against the Marlins.
Ramos is slashing .209/.289/.343 with one home run and six doubles through 20 games this month. He'll give way to Rene Rivera behind the dish Thursday.
Ramos is not starting Tuesday against the Marlins.
Ramos owns an unimpressive .230/.319/.377 slash line in the month of September. Tomas Nido will catch Noah Syndergaard on Tuesday.
Ramos is not in the lineup Wednesday in Colorado.
Ramos has swung a hot bat since the start of August, hitting .372/.409/.524 over 39 games. Despite his success at the plate, he finds himself on the bench for the second time in three games, with Rene Rivera set to catch Noah Syndergaard.
Ramos is not in the lineup Monday against the Rockies.
Ramos has gone 1-for-18 at the plate over his last five games. He'll sit in favor of Tomas Nido on Monday.
Ramos is not in Thursday's lineup against the Diamondbacks.
He is hitting .250 with one home run in 32 at-bats this month. The Mets will continue to try to use Tomas Nido (the superior defensive catcher) with Marcus Stroman in an effort to get Stroman going.
Ramos is out of the lineup for Monday's game against the Nationals, Mike Puma of the New York Post reports.
Ramos will just be getting some maintenance after he went 1-for-4 a double while starting at catcher in Sunday night's 5-2 loss to the Phillies. Rene Rivera will check in behind the dish for Monday's afternoon contest.
Ramos went 4-for-5 with a double, two runs and an RBI in Sunday's 6-3 win over the Phillies.
Ramos closed out August with seven multi-hit efforts in his final eight starts to give him a monstrous .434/.462/.576 slash line on the month. He'll remain in the lineup for Sunday's series finale, starting behind the plate and occupying the cleanup spot, per Mike Puma of the New York Post.
Ramos is out of the lineup for Friday's game against the Phillies, Tim Healey of Newsday reports.
Ramos extended his hit streak to 22 games after going 2-for-4 Thursday and has a 1.038 OPS during that stretch, but he'll take a maintenance day in the series opener. Rene Rivera will start behind the plate and bat eighth in his place.
Ramos is not in the lineup for Sunday's game versus the Braves, Tim Healey of Newsday reports.
Ramos will take a seat for the second time this series while carrying an 18-game hit streak in which he has a 1.010 OPS. Rene Rivera will serve as the backstop for lefty Steven Matz in his place.
Ramos is not in Friday's lineup against the Braves.
He is in the midst of a 16-game hitting streak, batting .391 with three home runs in 64 at-bats over that stretch. Tomas Nido starts behind the dish and will hit eighth in Ramos' place.
Ramos will serve as the designated hitter and bat fifth in Sunday's game against the Royals, Deesha Thosar of the New York Daily News reports.
Since he caught the previous night, Ramos won't be asked to play defense due to the quick turnaround for Sunday's series finale. Tomas Nido will handle the catching duties as part of a battery with pitcher Zack Wheeler.
Ramos is not in Friday's lineup against the Royals.
Ramos will receive a day off Friday after his four-hit performance Thursday. Tomas Nido is starting at catcher, batting eighth.
Ramos went 4-for-6 with an RBI in Thursday's win over Atlanta.
The veteran catcher is shouldering a heavy workload with the Mets trying to stay in the playoff hunt, starting nine straight games and 23 of the last 25, but it hasn't slowed down his bat at all. Ramos has a 10-game hitting streak going and is slashing a massive .439/.477/.707 over that stretch with three homers and 11 RBI. The 32-year-old will need a breather at some point, but as long as he's raking, it'll be that much harder for manager Mickey Callaway to take Ramos out of the lineup.
Ramos went 1-for-4 with a three-run home run in Tuesday's 5-0 win over the Marlins.
The veteran catcher is finding a groove at the plate, hitting .289 (11-for-38) over his last 10 games with three homers and 14 RBI. On the season, Ramos is slashing .264/.335/.402 with 12 long balls and 58 RBI in 99 games.
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