AJ Ramos' struggles continued in his latest outing, and once again, it cost the Mets the game.
In the Mets' recent series against the Reds earlier this month, it was Adam Duvall who launched a walkoff homer off Ramos. But, this time, the Brewers didn't even need to swing the bat to walk off the game, as Ramos issued back-to-back walks to bring in the winning run in a tough 4-3 loss.
Though none of the runs were Ramos' particularily, his issues on the bump have become alarming. And he knows it.
"I haven't been doing my job plain and simple," he said after the game. "There's no excuse, no rhyme or reason. There's not anything going on. Just haven't been very good. Working on it, trying to get better. But, as of right now, I've just haven't been doing the job and that's just how it is."
Ramos threw just one strike to the two batters he faced, and when asked what he tried to do find the zone, he didn't have a clear answer.
"Well, you just try to find a way to throw a strike. It was obvious they were just waiting to get a good strike. I just couldn't find it for some reason," he said.
Ramos came into this game with a 5.21 ERA on the season as he has allowed 11 earned runs over 19 innings thus far. He has now issued 14 walks compared to 21 strikeouts as well.
Manager Mickey Callaway noted that the Mets have seen what Ramos can do when he's on, but his inconsistent play this season has masked that.
"I think we've seen flashes of the real AJ Ramos but it's kinda been back and forth," Callaway said. "You'll see a couple good innings and then you'll see an inning where he struggles throwing it over. And obviously he struggled throwing it over tonight."
Jerry Blevins, who has been struggling as well, couldn't get Christian Yelich out with two outs in a lefty-on-lefty matchup. He entered the game with an inflated 5.40 ERA .
Despite both Ramos and Blevins' struggles, Callaway says the best way to get them out of their funk is to continue to use them because keeping pitchers caged up in the bullpen isn't going to do them any good.
"I think it's very similar to when [Jay] Bruce and [Michael] Conforto were struggling. You have to let the players go do their job," Callaways said. "If you start not letting them do their job - they're just sitting down there in the bullpen - you have two pitchers that never pitch. So I think that you take the same approach that you would as a hitter."