Jan 26, 2020

Jacob Rhame: Mets Relief Pitcher In the Center Of A Head Hunting Series With The Phils (2017-2019)

Jacob Alan Rhame was born on March 16th, 1993 in Atlanta Georgia. He began his college career at the University of Oklahoma, pitching for the Sooners. But he gained nearly 60 pounds, lost his fastball & was cut from the team. He went to Grayson College then ended up at Texas State pitching for the Bobcats.

He was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 6th round of the 2013 draft. He spent four years in the Dodgers organization, reaching AAA Oklahoma City in 2016 where he went 1-7. 

In August of 2017 he was sent to the Mets as the player to be named later in the Curtis Granderson trade.

The pitcher wit the thick glasses, got onto the Mets staff as a September call up, debuting on September 2nd in a 6-5 loss to the Astros in Houston. On September 23rd, he gave up a 10th inning game winning HR to Daniel Murphy at Citi Field as the Nats won it 4-3. He closed out the year with a win at Philadelphia pitching two scoreless hitless innings (9-10).

In 2018 he made the staff out of Spring Training, recording his first save on April 8th against the Nats in D.C. In May, he suffered a loss & a blown save. By late summer, he saw regular action out of the pen, finishing up games in mop up rolls. 


On September 20th he earned his first win of the year, a two inning relief job against the Washington Nats on the road. 

For 2018 he appeared in 30 games, finishing up 15, going 1-2 with a 5.85 ERA, striking out 28 batters with 8 walks in 32.1 innings of work.

2019: He spent majority of his season at AAA Syracuse going 3-2 with a 5.49 ERA in 20 games. He made his first appearance with the Mets, of 2019 on April 20th, pitching 1.1 innings of relief. 

Drama & Suspension: In a wild series against the Phillies, Jeff McNeil & Pete Alonso were hit by pitches of Phillie pitchers in the first game. On April 23rd, Rhame came in to finish off a 9-0 Mets pounding of the Phllies. 

After getting the first two outs, Rhame sailed a fastball over the head & of Rhys Hoskins. Hoskins too a few steps to the mound, both benches got up, with a few guys taking steps onto the field. 


A few pitches later, Rhame  threw another pitch, over the head of Hoskins. He angrily flipped his bat as Travis d'Arnaud & the umpire walked between him & Rhame.

After the game, he denied throwing at Rhame intentionally. The next night, Rhame came in to pitch again, facing Hoskins. This time he homered & took a slow trot around the bases, as the Phils beat the Mets 6-0. Two days later Rhame, received a two game suspension from the league. He was sent down to the minors after that, returning three months later.


On July 24th, he came into a tie game in San Francisco. He walked the lead off batter, than with two outs, Pablo Sandoval reached on a short fly ball to left field. It was ruled an error but the winning run scored as Rhame took the loss. He returned in August & needed surgery on his elbow, ulnar nerve ending his season. In just five games he was 0-1 with a 4.26 ERA.

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