Red-hot Ramos catches Gonzalez for 1st time in more than 2 months
by Jacob Emert | MLB.com
WASHINGTON — Backup catcher Jose Lobaton was never officially named Gio Gonzalez’s personal catcher, but it became clear the two had impressive chemistry after they worked together in 10 consecutive starts.
Wednesday, for just the first time since June 15, the duo will be split up, with Wilson Ramos staying put behind the plate for game two against the San Diego Padres.
“It’s a function of Willie swinging the bat well, the homers he’s hit, the ball he’s driving,” manager Matt William said. “So, we want to continue that offensive flow as much as possible.”
Ramos is batting .238 in 2015, the lowest mark of his six-year MLB career, but he’s been scorching the baseball of late for the last few days.
Since August 22, Ramos is 5-for-10 with one double, two home runs and four RBI.
Ramos caught Gonzalez the first six times out this season, but only twice since. When pitching to Lobaton, Gonzalez’s ERA is more than 1.5 runs lower and his batting average against is 32 points lower.
“We want Gio to do well, certainly, and there is good rapport there [with Lobaton], but we also want to make sure that we are putting our best foot forward, too, from an offensive perspective,” Williams said. “The way that Willie is swinging it, he’s been really good, so we’re going to put him back in there.”
Jacob Emert is an associate reporter for MLB.com.