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.
Ramos threw 1.1 innings Wednesday against the Braves, giving up one run on one hit while striking out two batters.
The run came on a two-out solo shot by Dansby Swanson. It was the first run Ramos had allowed all season, but his numbers are still very solid, with a 1.04 ERA and a 34.4 percent strikeout rate in 8.2 innings. His performances so far suggest that he could stake out a higher-leverage role for the Phillies as the season progresses, but with setup men Pat Neshek (shoulder) and Tommy Hunter (hamstring) nearing their returns from the disabled list, it seems more likely that he'll end up in an even lower-leverage spot. Don't expect saves any time soon, but in very deep leagues where middle relievers who get strikeouts are still useful, he's potentially worth a look.
Ramos appears to have locked up his spot in Philadelphia's bullpen, despite giving up five runs on six hits and one walk through 5.0 innings to start the spring.
Although Ramos is out to a rough start, he figures to right the ship before the start of the regular season. He put up serviceable numbers in 2017, tossing 57.2 innings and striking out 75 while accruing a 4.21 ERA. The 25-year-old right-hander figures to be on the Opening Day roster among the middle of the pack in the Phillies' bullpen.
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