Aug 13, 2016

Former 1999 Wild Card Champion Mets Pitcher: Pat Mahomes (1999-2000)

Patrick Lavon Mahomes was born on August 9th, 1970 in Byran, Texas. The six foot one right handed pitcher was drafted in the 6th round of the 1988 amateur draft, by the Minnesota Twins.

Mahomes got to the big leagues in 1992, pitching 14 games for the Twins going 3-4 with a 5.04 ERA. He spent five seasons with the Twins being used as both a starter & reliver.

In 1994 he had his best season there, getting used only as a starting pitcher, he went  9-5 with a 4.73 ERA making 21 starts. He fell to 4-10 the next year & in 1996 was sent to the Boston Red Sox as a player to be named later. He spent two seasons there between the minors & the Red Sox going a combined 3-0 with two saves in those seasons for Boston.

In 1998 Mahomes pitched  in Japan for the Yokohama Bay Stars. The next year he was given a contract by the New York Mets. Once again Mets manager Bobby Valentine was picking fine players out of Japan to play roles on his Mets team.

Mahomes had an outstanding year for the Mets, making his debut on May 15th where he picked up a win in Philadelphia, beatingthe Phillies in relief. After a couple of three run outings, he settled in & would be used in long or middle relief situations. On June 9th he picked up his second win, this one against the Toronto Blue Jays.

In July he picked up two more wins, the latter a 4.1 inning relief effort at Wrigley Field against the Chicago Cubs. In ten appearances that month, he allowed runs in just two outings.

On August 1st, he came to bat in the 12th inning of atied game at Wrigley Field. With two men on, he doubled off Scott Sanders & drove in Roger Ceeno with the winning run. He finished off the Cubs in the bottom of the inning to earn the win. Tht month he earned two more wins coming in middle relief, getting him to 7-0 with a 3.28 ERA.

In September he was used often, making 13 appearances allowing runs in just three games, having one bad outing on September 28th, where he allowed four runs to the Atlanta Braves. That month he also blew a save but earned credit for a hold.

On October 1st, he came on inthe 10th inning of a 2-2 game at Shea Stadium. He held down the Pittsburgh Pirates & earned a much needed win keeping the Mets alive inthe wild card race, as Robin ventura won the game with a walk off RBI single.

Mahomes went 8-0 with a 3,68 ERA in 39 games for the 1999 Wild Card winning Mets. He struck out 51 & walked 37 in 64 innings of work,. He was an important part of the Mets bullpen as he made Bobby Valentine look like a genuis once again.

Post Season: In the 1999 NLDS against the Arizona Diamondbacks, he made an appearance & gave up a run in the Mets Game #2 loss.

In the NLCS he appeared in Game #1 giving up a run to the Braves in Atlanta. He pitched a crucial 7th & 8th inning in the Mets Game #5 win at Shea Stadium. In that Game he relieved Orel Hershiser & held the score at 2-2 being relieved by Johnny Franco. The Mets won this on Robin Ventura's grand slam walk off single in the 15th inning. He pitched another scorless inning the final Game #6 as well.

In the Mets 2000 NL Pennant season, Mahomes played another important role in the fine bullpen for Bobby Valentine. He had a fine April, earning a win and posting a 1.59 EAR in seven games.  In May he blew two saves & took a loss at San Diego to the Padres.

He won his next three decisions and pitched solid middle relief  until suffering two losses in late August. On October 1st, he pitched three innings of relief & earned his fifth win to get to 5-3 in 53 games while posting a 5.46 ERA. He did not see any post season action that year.

 He was granted free agency and signed on with the Texas Rangers, where he went 7-6 with a 5.70 ERA. He would pitch for the Chicago Cubs (2002) & Pittsburgh Pirates (2003) at the big league level. Mahomes would pitch in the minor leagues through the 2009 season, spending a total of 17 years in minor league ball. In the minors he was 139-96 in 449 games.

In eleven years at the major league level, he was 42-39 with five saves posting a 5.47 ERA in 308 games (63 starts). He struck out 452 batters & walked 392 in 709 innings of work.

Retirement: In the late 2000's he also pitched in the Independant League, also making a stop with the Long Island Ducks.

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