AJ Ramos notched his seventh save for the Mets in as many tries on Friday night, as the righty seems to have settled into his role with a new team.
The 30-year-old has allowed one run in his last 11 innings and is 27 of 29 in save chances this season between New York and Miami. Ramos is one of three relievers to post 25 or more saves in each of the last three years, with Kenley Jansen and Craig Kimbrel being the others. He is also sixth in the National League in saves this year.
“When it’s crunch time, he’s immensely more focused,” Collins said of Ramos last month. “If it’s a save situation, his stuff, I can see why he’s got a lot of saves. I’ve seen it from closers, but I’ve really seen what a tremendous difference — his fastball has more life, his off-speed pitches have more bite.”
Ramos retired the only two batters to face him against the Reds Friday, as he has now recorded six scoreless innings earning five saves vs. Cincinnati this year. Ramos has not allowed a run in 19 innings in 18 career games vs. the Reds with eight saves. He’s recorded 24 strikeouts and allowed just
nine hits during that span.
The Texas native figures to be an important figure in the Mets 2018 bullpen, whether that be as a closer or a setup man for Jeurys Familia, who has been working his way back from a blood clot in his shoulder.
The longtime Marlins fireman is under control through next season and has adapted well to the Mets clubhouse, saying how easy it was to gel with the team once he came over from Miami.
While Ramos won’t touch 100 on the radar gun, the fire and grit he brings to the mound and how pumped he gets when he finishes off a ballgame is a great spark plug.
On a team that is one of the youngest in baseball, Ramos will be a positive influence to the younger guys that figure to make up a majority of the bullpen next year.
If everything falls into place like it looks on paper, Jerry Blevins, Ramos and Familia look good at the back-end of the bullpen. The Mets currently have the best bullpen ERA in the National League since the All-Star break with 3.50.
If they can carry that into next season, especially with some of the new guys the Mets acquired in the last couple months, our pitching could get back to being a strength again.