Jacob deGrom was due to get some support. Wilson Ramos was due to provide it.
Ramos arrived at Truist Park on Monday below the Mendoza line, hitless in his previous seven at-bats and without an RBI all season. The Mets catcher had just one extra-base hit (double) in 30 plate appearances. He was 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position. He hadn’t homered in 78 at-bats, dating back to last season.
Coming off a much-needed day off Sunday in Atlanta, Ramos returned to the lineup with his best game of the season, going 2-for-4 with three RBIs — including his first home run of the season — as the Mets snapped their five-game losing streak with a 7-2 win over the Braves.
“I think the best adjustment made today was Ramos,” manager Luis Rojas said. “He was more grounded, not chasing and he got good results.
“Him and I spoke last night and he said, ‘Luis, I’m right there.’ We had some good conversations about his approach and what he’s doing and what’s going on. What he told me was exactly what he did at the plate.”
Exactly one year earlier, Ramos started a 26-game hit streak — the longest in the majors last season — and finished the year batting .288, leading all catchers. But following his second-inning groundout against right-hander Mike Soroka, the 32-year-old’s batting average had sunk to .172.
However, when Soroka was forced out of the game upon tearing his Achilles in the third inning, the Braves turned to southpaw Chris Rusin. Two batters later, Ramos came to the plate with the bases loaded and lined a single to center to put the Mets up 4-0.
Last year, Ramos hit .346 against lefties, the 10th-best mark of any hitter in the majors with a minimum 100 at-bats.
After Dominic Smith opened the fifth inning with a walk, Ramos was matched up with Rusin again. On the first pitch, Ramos took a cutter to right-center field for his first home run since Sept. 8, giving the Mets a 7-0 lead.
“He’s got so much strength, so much power and this is a guy who basically has to drop the barrel of the bat and the ball just jumps off his bat,” Rojas said of Ramos, who is now batting .219. “The more simple he can stay with his approach, the better results he’s gonna get. The last few games before tonight he was expanding. It’s basically like he was trying to beat the process and [skip] to the results. He was trying to hit the ball somewhere without looking for what pitch to hit.
“Once he gets hot, it’s almost like he just [needs to] touch the ball. That homer was almost like him playing with it, letting it hit the barrel with his strength and it’s going over the wall.”