Before Tuesday’s series opener against the Nationals, manager Mickey Callaway, in defending catcher Wilson Ramos, mentioned that the sub-.500 Mets were six games above that mark on nights Ramos started. No matter that both traditional and advanced metrics painted a less appealing picture of Ramos. The Mets, Callaway said, considered their win-loss record with Ramos more than mere coincidence.
Three hours later, as if to prove it, Ramos snapped out of a slump to deliver easily his most impactful hit as a Met: a first-inning grand slam in New York’s 6-2 win at Nationals Park. Ramos also caught all eight of Noah Syndergaard’s innings in a winning effort, offering the Mets assurances that they won’t regret the two-year, $19 million deal they gave him this winter.