In his last two starts with Wilson Ramos as his catcher, Noah Syndergaard has 8 IP and 13 ER. Those are two of his last three games. In the middle of those three, Rene Rivera was behind the plate and Syndergaard threw seven shutout innings.
The Mets have something that works with Syndergaard throwing to Tomas Nido or Rivera. It’s baffling why they work so hard to avoid using something that has worked for the better part of two years now. Sure, you want Ramos’ bat in the lineup whenever possible. But with the Mets having their big guns off of the IL now, that need isn’t as big as it was when they were starting Luis Guillorme, Juan Lagares and Joe Panik in the same game.
Here are Syndergaard’s numbers with the three catchers named above:
Nido – 2.17 ERA in 22 games, 141 IP
Rivera – 2.52 ERA in 29 games, 174.2 IP
Ramos – 5.09 ERA in 15 games, 92 IP
This isn’t meant to slam Ramos. It’s meant to slam the person – whether the manager or GM – who insists on having him catch Syndergaard despite all evidence to the contrary on that being a good idea.