NY Mets depth chart: David Peterson is moving down
David Peterson snagged a roster spot out of camp because of the Jose Quintana injury. Later joined by Megill, Peterson has been the less effective young arm in the rotation this season.
Peterson’s latest start helped balloon his ERA up even further to 7.36 on the season. Now 1-3 after 5 starts, the front office could be thinking about a change in the rotation. While Lucchesi is moving up, it’s Peterson he passes on the depth chart.
There’s definitely no need to start panicking about Peterson’s performance. As weak as it has been, he was never meant to be more than a sixth or maybe even seventh starter. Other than striking out batters at a high rate, not much has gone well for him. He is the not-so-proud owner of a 1.64 WHIP. Batters own a .311 batting average against him.
It may only be a matter of time before Peterson is sent back to the minors. The Mets need him right now during Max Scherzer’s suspension and the continued IL stint for Justin Verlander and even Carlos Carrasco.
Patience is definitely wearing thin. The next time out could be Peterson’s final chance before an at least temporary demotion down to Triple-A. He’ll remain in contention for more starts as needed.