After a few successful seasons with the Miami Marlins, AJ Ramos could be everything that the Mets need for their bullpen.
Regardless of where newest Mets right-hander Ramos will pitch, he will be a great addition to the team, both for the rest of this season and next season.
Most Mets fan probably wouldn’t have paid much attention to Ramos before, except for when he pitched against the Mets. However, I paid close attention to Ramos in the past as one of my go-to closers in fantasy baseball. I have seen some great things from the 30-year-old pitcher.
His 3.63 ERA so far this season hasn’t been great. But he’s showed a lot of what made him a great pitcher for the Marlins over the past few seasons. Since becoming the Marlins closer in 2015, Ramos sports a 2.79 ERA, 92 Saves, and a 10.71 K/9 ratio.
One thing that the Mets can really gain from having Ramos in the bullpen is his ability to pitch really well down the stretch. He has fantastic numbers in the later months which can greatly help the team down the line this season and when it matters in 2018.
Last season, Ramos pitched to a 0.66 ERA in September while converting all eight save opportunities. The year before, he gave up just one earned run over his final 16 appearances. He pitched to a 0.54 ERA and converted 11 saves out of 12 opportunities during this span.
If his 3.63 ERA does in fact scare you a bit, you just need to realize that it’s steadily been on the decline. On May 23rd, after 16 appearances, Ramos was sporting a 5.40 ERA and only four saves. In his 24 appearances since then, his 2.55 ERA and 16 saves is much more like what we expect from him.
One thing the Mets have to look out for with Ramos is how often he pitches. The more days of rest he gets between appearances, the less affective he pitches. This season, Ramos pitches his best when pitching on fewer than three days’ rest.
Ramos has appeared in 25 games on fewer than three days rest and sports a 1.37 ERA during those outings. That’s a huge contrast to his 3.63 overall ERA as sports an ERA of 8.78 with longer periods of rest.
One things for sure, if Ramos pitches the way he has over the past two months, which is the way he normally pitches, the Mets will have a killer option to go along with Jeurys Familia and Jerry Blevins.