CHICAGO -- After earning his fourth win in his last five starts with six strong innings in Tuesday's 4-2 win over the Cubs, Nationals starter Dan Haren credited his catcher with calling a great game despite Haren not having his best stuff early.
"Wilson [Ramos] did a really good job [Tuesday], because I was throwing pitches that I don't really throw in counts -- 2-0 splits, 3-2 splits, you know, 0-2 fastballs or 2-2 fastballs," Haren said. "He was really mixing it up well.
"I didn't have my best stuff, I really didn't. Especially in the beginning … I think [Ramos] noticed that a little bit and he saw what was working for me. … He's good at sensing kind of what's there for me and he did a really good job tonight."
Ramos said Wednesday that it's all a matter of understanding his pitchers and building a good working relationship with each one of them.
"The last couple of years here, people know it's a young pitching staff, but they're very smart guys so I try to stay on the same page with them all the time," Ramos said.
"For me that's the key [to calling] a good game -- when the catcher tries to stay on the same page as the pitcher, things will be good."
Manny Randhawa is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less