Ramos struck out both batters he faced in Monday's win over the Cardinals.
Ramos was called upon with a two-run lead and the tying run on second base with one out in the top of the eighth inning. He got the job done quickly, striking out two tough hitters in Tommy Pham and Jose Martinez. He now hasn't allowed an earned run in 14 straight outings and has allowed just two earned runs on the season. His stellar 0.68 ERA is second-best among all pitchers who have throwing at least 25 innings this season. Ordinarily, that would leave him in strong consideration for a closing role, but the Phillies currently seem opposed to the idea of a closer, so expect Ramos to be continue to be used in various high-leverage situations throughout the late innings.
Ramos allowed one unearned run on two hits Tuesday against the Braves.
Ramos entered the top of the ninth with a one-run deficit and allowed Atlanta to score an insurance run by allowing a pair of singles on either side of a Jorge Alfaro passed ball. He had looked poised to claim the closing job in Philadelphia after recording a save May 13, but he's yet to be given a save chance since, with Hector Neris and Seranthony Dominguez each receiving opportunities in that time span. The run being unearned means his ERA now stands at a sparkling 0.96, and he has a 30.1 percent strikeout rate. Manager Gabe Kapler's fluid bullpen usage means that a reliever with those numbers will likely find the occasional save opportunity heading his way, but don't expect Ramos to claim a conventional closing job any time soon.
Ramos allowed three hits but managed to pitch a scoreless ninth inning Thursday against the Cardinals.
For the second consecutive game, Ramos pitched in the ninth inning but was not credited with a save. However, unlike his last outing, Ramos looked shaky Thursday night by allowing three hits. His recent usage has shown that the Phillies trust him in high leverage situations late in the game, but it remains unclear exactly how save opportunities will be split between he and Hector Neris moving forward.
Ramos got the first two batters out in the ninth inning of Wednesday's game against the Orioles but was pulled before finishing the save.
Ramos entered the game with a three run lead and proceeded to strike out a pair of righties in Jonathan Schoop and Mark Trumbo. He wasn't allowed to finish the job against the left-handed Chris Davis but was instead pulled in favor of another righty in Hector Neris. It was certainly an unusual move, but it shows the lengths which manager Gabe Kapler will go to in order to play the matchups, as he evidently preferred Neris' splitter as the best weapon against a left-handed hitter. It seems as though even if Ramos gets the plurality of save opportunities going forward (which is far from certain), the Phillies will mix and match often enough that he won't be a top-tier closer.
Ramos pitched a scoreless ninth inning Sunday to get the save against the Mets. He struck out one and walked one. After the game, manager Gabe Kapler said that Neris has not lost the closer's job, MLB.com's Kevin Cooney reports. "We said from Spring Training and the beginning of the season that we would use the most appropriate reliever in a situation," Kapler said. "Sometimes, that's going to be Hector. Sometimes, that's going to be others late in the game."
Ramos threw 20 pitches in the inning, throwing nine balls against 11 strikes, so it was a little dicey, but nothing compared to Neris's two blown saves earlier in the week. Ramos has a stellar 1.13 ERA over 16 innings this season to go along with a 20:8 K:BB. Kapler's decision on who gets the next Phillies save chance will speak volumes.
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