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Mets Exit Interview: Wilson Ramos hits his way to a productive first year

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JULY 26: Wilson Ramos #40 of the New York Mets celebrates his sixth inning home run against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Citi Field on July 26, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JULY 26: Wilson Ramos #40 of the New York Mets celebrates his sixth inning home run against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Citi Field on July 26, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) /
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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 24: Wilson Ramos #40 of the New York Mets looks on from the dugout in the first inning against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field on September 24, 2019 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) /

What Went Wrong

Ramos has always been a little weak on the defensive side of the game and this season was no different. It is no secret that Noah Syndergaard did not want Ramos to catch his games, and that is due to Ramos’ poor defensive side of the game.

Ramos is not particularly well at framing lower pitches and Syndergaard likes to throw his slider low so clearly that is not a great recipe. Unfortunately, it wasn’t just Ramos’ poor pitch-framing ability, it was his entire defensive game for 2019 that was subpar.

Ramos had one of his worst defensive seasons to date since making his debut back in 2010. He committed the second-most errors of his career with 7, had -13 defensive runs saved above average which was the worst in his career by a large amount, allowed 10 passed balls which tied a career-high, allowed 94 stolen bases which were a career-high by a long shot, and only caught 15% of runners which was his worst ever for a full season and well below league average.

The Mets knew they weren’t getting a gold glove behind the plate when they signed Wilson Ramos last offseason, but for him to have his worst defensive season yet might be a bit of a shocker.

Despite playing the most games in a season he ever has and obviously playing at his oldest age yet, it is still disappointing to see how poor Ramos truly was this season behind the plate.

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