The Phillies’ recent freefall continued last night after failing to back Nick Pivetta’s strong outing in a 2-1 loss. They’ve scored only 16 runs while losing five of their last seven games.
In other words, it’s time for the Phillies to stop fucking around. There should absolutely exist an all hands on deck mentality within that clubhouse after the sloppy, unfocused, and lifeless effort the team displayed on its recent west coast trip in which they scored a whopping 2.5 runs per game. That’s why it makes sense that All-Star catcher Wilson Ramos is reportedly set to make his Phillies debut tonight after being activated from a near-month long stint on the disabled list:
Wilson Ramos is in Philadelphia and should be activated today from the DL. A needed addition for a lineup averaging 2.28 runs per game in last seven games.
— Matt Breen (@matt_breen) August 15, 2018
Ramos will return after a three-game rehab assignment with Clearwater in which he went 4 for 9 with three doubles. He figures to dramatically improve the team’s offensive production at catcher. Over the last 30 days, Phillies catchers have posted a miserable .258 SLG% and league-worst 38.1 K%. They are hitting only .194 during that stretch. Ramos, meanwhile, has a .346 OBP and .834 OPS with 14 homers while striking out in only 19.4% of his 315 plate appearances this season.
Bring me this:
The Phillies have acquired C Wilson Ramos. With his average at .297, look for him to take over the primary catching role after his return from the DL. The Phillies get their bat. pic.twitter.com/65h0tIH9km
— Philly Sports (@MadeForPhilly) July 31, 2018
In short, he gets on base more frequently, hits for more power, and strikes out far less. Those are all qualities this team could desperately use right now.
There’s no official word on who the team will send down, but I assume that it will be Andrew Knapp who heads to Lehigh Valley until rosters expand in September.