Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard met with team brass to voice his frustrations of having to pitch to C Wilson Ramos yet again this weekend, sources confirmed to SNY's Andy Martino. The Post was the first to report the meeting.
Syndergaard has not confirmed or commented on the news, but manager Mickey Callaway didn't deny it when asked by SNY's Steve Gelbs before Monday's game against the Diamondbacks.
"You know what, Noah understands that I'm going to make the lineup out," Callaway said. "And he's going to go out there and compete for the team. He understands that we're trying to do something special here and get to the playoffs, and that everything else is separated from that. So we're going to continue putting the best players on the field at all times, and everyone of our players in there is going to compete to the best of their ability and only worry about the team. That's all you can do and I think Noah does a great job of that."
So it doesn't sound like Callaway is going to grant his wish of keeping Ramos on the bench when he gets the ball every fifth day. But the numbers do suggest that Syndergaard does bode well when Ramos isn't catching him.
Joel Sherman and Kevin Kernan did their research when they found that Syndergaard has a 2.45 ERA in 10 starts with Nido behind the dish compared to a 5.09 ERA with Ramos back there in 15 starts.
However, Ramos is a much better hitter than Nido, and he has been swinging a hot bat recently. He's hitting .335/.376/.472 with five homers and 30 RBI in the second half thus far. Taking that bat out of the lineup down this stretch right now when every game matters would be tough.
Syndergaard is lined up to start the Dodgers' series opener on Friday at Citi Field, so we'll wait and see if Ramos is back out there to catch for him.