Rhame and Callahan Make Major League Debuts

Photo by Paul Hellstern, The Oklahoman

In Saturday afternoon’s defeat at the hands of the Houston Astros, two future Mets bullpen hopefuls made their major league debuts: Jacob Rhame and Jamie Callahan.

After Matt Harvey was roughed up for seven runs in two innings, it paved the way for the two newest Mets to get some work in.

Rhame entered the game in the fifth inning with two outs and allowed an immediate single to George Springer but got out of the inning unscathed.

The next inning the right-hander was back out there and allowed a double to Josh Reddick, but retired the side while collecting a strikeout. He averaged 94 mph with his fastball and topped out at 95 mph.

“It was a lot of fun, I’ve been wanting that since I was a kid,” Rhame said after the game. “It was cool to actually go out there, settle down and throw strikes.”

“After I threw the first strike, I just kind of felt like ‘OK here it is, I have the feel’ and just tried to pound the zone,” Rhame continued. “The more the game went on, the better I felt.”

Callahan was next in line after Rhame and allowed a quick double to J.D. Davis to begin his big league career.

The Astros then plated a run on back-to-back singles before Callahan induced a fly ball out off the bat of George Springer.

On the next play, Asdrubal Cabrera threw out Juan Centeno trying to score, a decision which was upheld after review. However, the ‘Stros scored their second run of the inning on the next play after a throwing error from Cabrera that banked off Dominic Smith‘s glove.

Josh Smoker came on and struck out Josh Reddick to end the inning.

“It’s the greatest thing. The adrenaline was kicking and I was just trying to be out there and soak it all up,” Callahan said. “It was the best. What you’ve been waiting for your entire life. It was really cool.”

Both Rhame and Callahan had family in attendance for the game Saturday afternoon.

The two relievers figure to be in the plans of the bullpen going forward and will ultimately have every opportunity this final month of the season to show what they’ve got.

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