3 Mets players who won’t be on the roster by May 1
By Tim Boyle
3) NY Mets starting pitcher David Peterson will not be on the roster by May 1
Here’s a big change of plans for the Mets. Rather than demote Tylor Megill when Justin Verlander comes back, it’s trending toward David Peterson becoming the guy who goes to the farm. He’s 0-2 with a 4.91 ERA after three starts. The numbers look worse than he has been. His two “good” outings include 5 innings of 1 run ball followed by 5.2 frames of 2 run ball. Mixed in between is the beating he took against the Milwaukee Brewers when he exited after 4 with 5 runs across.
It’s easy to see why the Mets would pick Megill over Peterson at this point. Megill takes the mound versus the San Diego Padres on Wednesday. Another terrific performance from him and the eventual decision becomes even clearer. However, a bad performance from him will allow the battle to continue between these two.
Verlander is expected to return from the IL before May 1. The only other option the team could do, if everyone is healthy, would be to move Carlos Carrasco to the bullpen. I feel like that’s a premature decision based on the way Eppler behaves. If Peterson was pitching well, he might reconsider.
In order for this to happen we do need to get through the end of the month with all Mets starting intact. The team already was forced into beginning the year without Verlander and Jose Quintana. While Peterson may be gone before May 1, he’ll be right back again the moment someone’s back starts acting up.