Rice spent the previous 14 seasons in the minor leagues before making the Mets out of camp last week -- he has a 4.08 ERA in 480 appearances and 54 starts with 30 saves in the Dodgers, Rockies, Padres, Rangers and Orioles organizations.
Rice has made four appearances in the first six games of the season, and has pitched to a 2.70 ERA and 1.80 WHIP so far this year.
Congratulations to Rice on earning the victory. It's been a very, very long road for him, but he had a strong camp with the Mets, and pushed his way onto the team out of Spring Training.
Rice is just a great story, and a guy who is very easy to root for on this club. He has toiled through the minor leagues and independent ball, got to Triple-A a few times, but never got a cup of coffee with any of the five previous organizations he’s been with. He didn’t even have a very good season with Triple-A Albuquerque last year, but he featured a good sinking fastball with a lot of deception this spring with the Mets, and pitched his way onto the roster. The key for him is to keep this going and stick to what made him successful during camp. If he can continue to induce ground balls, that can be a very valuable asset late in games, especially with runners on-base in tight situations.