Rhys Hoskins
(David Zalubowski / AP Photo)

Rhys Hoskins and the Phillies didn’t take kindly to New York Mets reliever Jacob Rhame throwing above Hoskins’ head in the ninth inning.

Danny Small

There is something brewing between the New York Mets and the Philadelphia Phillies. After two Mets were hit on Monday, reliever Jacob Rhame sent a message by throwing above the head of Rhys Hoskins in the ninth inning of a blowout on Tuesday.

“I was just trying to work inside,” Rhame said via MetsmerizedOnline.com. That’s a go-to move for pitchers after sending a message with a high-and-tight pitch. In fact, Rhame came up-and-in on Hoskins twice.

“Oh, he just said they were trying to go inside, and I laughed,” Hoskins told reporters. “He didn’t miss up and in the rest of the inning, so I’ll let you decide.”

“I don’t get it,” Bryce Harper said. “I understand that two of their guys got hit yesterday. But, I mean, if you’re going to drill somebody, at least hit him in the ass. Not in the head. You throw 98, it’s scary now. You could kill somebody.”

New York Mets

Obviously, this adds another element to what should be an intense battle for the 2019 NL East crown. Although it’s early, the Mets currently hold a one-game lead over the Phillies in the division. Both teams look poised to duke it out throughout the 2019 season.


The Phillies will look to salvage the series and avoid a sweep on Wednesday night. The Mets are sending righty hurler Jason Vargas to take on Vince Velasquez. We’ll see if there are any more fireworks between the two teams before this series is over.

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