Who are the New York Mets without their top pitchers? Apparently, still pretty good. David Peterson has already made six starts for them this year. Trevor Williams has now made five.
The results have been favorable. Peterson is 2-0 with a 3.38 ERA as a starter with an average of just under 5 innings per start. Peterson also went 4 shutout innings in his lone relief appearance of the season.
When Williams has started, he has gone 1-2 with a 4.50 ERA while averaging 4 innings each time. Far better in relief with a 2.13 ERA in 12.2 innings of work, his starter numbers are good enough for the eighth guy on the depth chart. Let’s not forget, Tylor Megill worked his magic earlier this year as the sixth man in the rotation.
The Mets rotation hasn’t fallen apart with David Peterson, Trevor Williams starting regularly
Both pitchers came into the season with a lot on the line. Peterson didn’t have quite the same year in 2021 after dazzling us with his 2020 performance. Losing out the Opening Day roster spot to Tylor Megill pushed him further down the depth chart and into an unanswerable question: what’s next?
This year, it made sense exactly how to use Peterson. He is the left-handed emergency starter only a phone call away from Syracuse. Thank goodness the Mets have him. Otherwise, every fifth day might get messy.
Williams has a much longer career starting games. Many of those came as a member of the Pittsburgh Pirates when he was rather average. Averageness is all the Mets have gotten from him this year as a starter. It’s all they’ve needed.
His real role is to get them through blowouts. Thrust into his current gig as a starter for a team with more starting pitcher salary on the IL than some clubs are paying their entire franchise, he has served New York well by showing up and not being a disaster.
The pair get an extra big shout out for how they performed last weekend against the Los Angeles Dodgers. It was the games started by them that the Mets managed to win.
Last year, it was the bench mob that was riding high at this point. This year, while members of the second-string have done well, the torch passes to the starting pitcher depth. Peterson and Williams the bearers of those standing ovations.