David Peterson might not be the pitcher we thought he was
There are a lot of Mets players to gush over this year. One not so worthy of praise is starting pitcher David Peterson. If not for a lack of options, he likely would have been demoted to bullpen duties or possibly sent to Triple-A by now.
Peterson hasn’t been completely disastrous. After 10 starts, he is still just 1-4 with a 5.89 ERA. In a season where pitchers are dominating and hitters are universally struggling, it’s amazing to see Peterson’s ERA jump up as much as it did from last year. Already, he has given up home runs at a rate of twice as many as he did in 2020.
Something to remember about Peterson is that he was never viewed as a top-of-the-rotation arm. Instead, at his best, Peterson would have probably given the Mets third starter quality—even that may be a slight reach.
In the Mets’ first year without Steven Matz, Peterson has taken over the role of the inconsistent southpaw in the rotation. He does have some company though, with Joey Lucchesi also delivering some shaky outings.
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Peterson pitched so well for the Mets last year that I think it’s easy for many of us to put our faith in him. With time to turn it around, not all faith has been lost in him quite yet.