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NY Mets: 1 pitcher meeting, 1 exceeding, 1 short on expectations

Jul 21, 2021; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Marcus Stroman (0) talks with first baseman Pete Alonso (20) in the dugout during the ninth inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 21, 2021; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Marcus Stroman (0) talks with first baseman Pete Alonso (20) in the dugout during the ninth inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports
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Jun 30, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher David Peterson (23) throws a pitch against the Atlanta Braves in the first inning at Truist Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

David Peterson did not have the year we anticipated

Originally, I was going to write about Taijuan Walker in the second half. That seemed like a cop-out. He has a chance to turn things around much more easily than a man who probably won’t pitch again this year: David Peterson.

Following up on an awesome rookie year in 2020, Peterson made 15 starts for the Mets this year. It was a reverse of what we saw from him last year. Peterson was 2-6 with a 5.54 ERA. Many expected far more from the young southpaw starter. Instead, he became a complete afterthought.

A couple of Mets pitchers have failed to meet expectations. Edwin Diaz’s misses have been huge and I’m not so sure too many people are overly joyed with Seth Lugo’s performance. The lengthy disappearing act from Carlos Carrasco also made him a viable contender, but I’m not ready to judge him off of an injury.

Peterson got a full half-season in the books and without very good results at all. I’m interested to see what the Mets plan to do with him moving forward. Does he get a shot to compete for a rotation spot in 2021 (he should) and can he win one (I’m not so sure he can).

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Through some good and bad, Mets pitchers have both helped and hurt the team. A lot of them met or exceeded our expectations while some, due to in part to injury, come up short.

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