March 4, 2021

Wilson Ramos’ Mets plan to avoid another Syndergaard debacle (New York Post)

PORT ST. LUCIE — Wilson Ramos will attempt to hit a new low in his quest to become a catcher for all Mets pitchers.

After failing to mesh last season with Noah Syndergaard in particular — to the point the right-hander pushed for other options behind the plate — Ramos says he’s doesn’t anticipate such turbulence in 2020.

“It’s more about communication, because I already know how he likes to throw, how he throws,” Ramos said Monday at Clover Park on the reporting date for pitchers and catchers. “He likes a good target, so I will be working more with my low target to get him happier and comfortable on the mound.”

To create a lower target, Ramos said he began setting up with a knee on the ground toward the end of last season. He will continue that approach in trying to improve chemistry with the staff.

In 16 starts with Ramos behind the plate last season, Syndergaard pitched to a 5.20 ERA. With Tomas Nido as his catcher for 12 starts, Syndergaard pitched to a 2.88 ERA. The Mets also used veteran Rene Rivera to catch Syndergaard twice, and in those starts Syndergaard posted a 2.84 ERA.

“For me it was hard to get those [low] pitches a little bit because I…

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