The bad blood between Rhys Hoskins and Jacob Rhame ended with a Hoskins home run trot and a Rhame suspension.
The fireworks from the recent series between the New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies are over, but the fallout continues. New York reliever Jacob Rhame was suspended for intentionally throwing at Philly first baseman Rhys Hoskins.
MLB’s chief baseball officer Joe Torre had this to say (via SNY):
“New York Mets pitcher Jacob Rhame has received a two-game suspension and an undisclosed fine for intentionally throwing a pitch in the area of the head of Rhys Hoskins of the Philadelphia Phillies during the top of the ninth inning of Tuesday night’s game at Citi Field. Unless appealed, the suspension of Rhame is scheduled to begin on Friday, when the Mets are to host the Milwaukee Brewers. If Rhame elects to file an appeal, then the discipline issued to him will be held in abeyance until the process is complete.”
Rhame’s suspension is adding insult to injury. Following their first run-in, Hoskins had another opportunity to face Rhame in a meaningless situation. Hoskins took Rhame deep, but most notably, he took his time rounding the bases.
While suspensions are never a good thing for a team, the Mets can rest easy knowing that Rhame isn’t a vital arm in the bullpen. The 26-year-old has an ERA of 8.10 after three appearances this year and he holds a lifetime ERA of 6.65.
Rhame is mostly used by Mets manager Mickey Callaway in mop-up duty. The righty reliever will be reinstated for Sunday’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers.