NY Mets Rotation: The best option to replace David Peterson right now
By Tim Boyle
David Peterson isn’t right. Through 11 starts for the New York Mets this year, Peterson is 1-5 with a 6.32 ERA. He has turned in multiple starts in honor of former Mets lefty Steven Matz (a dreadfully early exit after getting rocked).
It would be unwise at this point for the Mets to give him another chance before trying something new. Fortunately, with an off-day on Thursday this week, they can push back his spot in the rotation for a few days.
Like pendulum in the pit, it will swing back around again. When it does, the team can turn somewhere else.
It’s time the Mets see what Thomas Szapucki can do in the big leagues
Look at your watch. It’s Thomas Szapucki time!
The most MLB-ready prospect the franchise has, it’s time we see what this kid can do at the next level. Through 22 innings of work with the Syracuse club in Triple-A, Szapucki is 0-1 with a 2.05 ERA. Another southpaw for the Mets to try out, he is not without some expected hiccups.
Szapucki’s main issue this year has been throwing strikes. His walk rate of 4.5 per nine is definitely a concern. More alarming is how poorly Peterson has continually pitched for the major league squad. It might be better to sink with Szapucki and at least know you tried something else rather than put too much faith in Peterson to turn things around.
Other options for the Mets to consider
Despite loading up on starting pitching depth this offseason, the Mets options might be a little more limited thank you would think. Sean Reid-Foley has only pitched in relief this year and wouldn’t be stretched out to make a legitimate run as a starter at this moment. The same can be said of Yennsy Diaz, another guy the club acquired for Matz this offseason.
On the big league roster, there’s zero chance we see Seth Lugo thrown into the fire this quickly. What about Robert Gsellman? Could he maybe get the nod to make a start with the expectation of going four innings? I’m wary of this considering Joey Lucchesi’s presence.
One of those arms the Mets acquired for depth purposes over the winter performing decently in Triple-A is Jared Eickhoff. Although 5-0 through 7 starts, he does have a 4.62 ERA. He has the “length” needed right now. An issue the Mets could run into is finding a spot for him on the 40-man roster. It would mean another DFA and there are plenty of those coming as guys return from the IL.
A final possibility is to make a trade or sign a free agent. This is the time of the year when teams are moving on from players who haven’t worked out.
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Whatever the Mets decide to do, we can’t keep doing the same thing. The only time that works is in a demolition.