PHILADELPHIA — Wilson Ramos’ foothold on a starting job with the Mets could be slipping.
A night after the veteran catcher was slow in applying the tag at home plate in allowing the Phillies to score the winning run, Ramos was on the bench Saturday because manager Luis Rojas wanted to pair starting pitcher Steven Matz with Tomas Nido.
But beyond the tactical reason of starting Nido, the decline in Ramos’ bat — he was signed mostly because of his offensive ability — has caught team officials’ attention. Ramos entered play with a .197/.269/.279 slash line with one homer and four RBIs as the weakest lineup link.
Ramos was presented with a breakdown of his ills during a meeting Saturday with Rojas and members of the coaching staff.
“His chase rate is a little higher, his first-pitch swinging is a little higher, so those are two things going against him,” Rojas said. “He hasn’t been necessarily getting a strike right away and other pitchers when they see this they are going to start expanding and know that you are going to chase.”
Nido enjoyed a career day in his start against the Nationals on Thursday, when he belted two homers, including a grand slam, and finished with six RBIs. The Mets have long preferred Nido behind the plate because of his defense, but he has never hit enough to warrant consideration for a starting job. That may have changed following an offseason in which Nido revamped his swing, with the help of a private instructor.
Now it’s Ramos that needs the help.
“It’s more mental,” Ramos said. “I’m still here ready to work and trying to be better. That is what I want right now and hopefully I get out of this slump really soon.”
Ramos was late in tagging Roman Quinn on a throw from Michael Conforto that had the runner beat by at least 10 feet on Friday for the winning run. Ramos, who didn’t speak to reporters after the game, gave his take in a text message to The Post before Saturday’s game.
“I honestly thought it was an out,” Ramos said. “When I saw the replay I saw that I left the glove a little high and the runner slid completely well due to the agility he has, but I don’t think it was a bad touch even if [people] think otherwise.”
Later, Ramos said in a group interview on Zoom: “I just react. I have been thinking about that play all night, but those plays happen in a half-a-second. We don’t have time to think what to do in those situations. We have to react and try to make those plays.”
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