“It’s nothing new” – Reading Eagle
DENVER – It’s David Peterson’s turn to step up and give quality serves to the Mets.
The left-hander joined the team in Denver this weekend. On Monday, he prepares for the start of the Mets ’series against the Giants in San Francisco, and is expected to settle into a rotation with the Premier League club for at least the next few weeks.
“It’s nothing new,” Peterson said. “I knew it would happen at some point.”
Peterson will replace the starter Max Scherzer, who is on the list of victims with moderate and high oblique deformation and, at best, remains aside until the end of June. Peterson distinguished himself in his first call of the season in April when he replaced the injured Taijuan Walker in four games (three starts) and recorded a 1.89 ERA for those 19 innings.
“Pete has turned into a guy who we hope can intervene and help us in need and prove himself as a guy we might be able to count on in the future,” Buck Shawolter said. “He fits into our plans from spring training, and he took it and ran with it.”
The left-hander said that this year the team’s approach to players who have to miss time due to injuries is different than in the past. When Jacob deGrom missed the entire second half of last season and Francisco Lindar missed a lot of time due to a slanting injury last August, those losses seemed insurmountable for the Metz team, who were losing first place.
Now the Mets remain mostly consistent even without their key players in Scherzer, Tylar Magil (right biceps tendonitis), James McCann (fracture of the left humerus), Trevor Mae (reaction to stress on the triceps), and of course Jacob de Grom (reaction to scapular stress).
“Even though we didn’t achieve our goals as a team last year, I think last year helped us join this year,” Peterson said. “You look at the guys who suffered from the injuries, the amount of time we spent in the first place with all the injuries. We’ve learned a lot in terms of how to deal with guys coming in and out and getting injured, and I think it’s a valuable experience to deal with that before. I think we have a lot of guys in this room who were in this place and were counting on them when someone else went down. “
The 26-year-old Peterson made his Premier League debut for the Mets during the shortened pandemic MLB season in 2020. He posted 3.44 ERAs in 10 games (nine starts) and 49.2 innings in his first year. Last year, he returned to the Metz rotation, replacing Carlos Carasco, who started the season in Illinois. But Peterson injured his leg in July and was forced to undergo surgery at the end of the season. He returned to spring training in March this year completely healthy and was a valuable support for the Mets, taking on his role between the majors and Triple-A.
Lindar said the mentality of the next person starts with Showalter, who has prepared his players to stay ready for problems and injuries since they came to spring training. So the Mets weren’t particularly surprised or shocked when injuries began to accumulate over the past month.
“I’m looking forward to the other guys coming out and seeing their leadership roles,” Lindar said. “It’s one of the most beautiful things in the game. When someone leaves, someone else rises. And it’s time for them to help others. “
MAX IN FLORIDA
Scherzer is undergoing rehabilitation for his oblique strain in Florida, which means one of the team’s key leaders is absent from the club for the coming weeks. Several players said his competitive energy in the dugout would be sorely lacking, but his mentoring would also be lacking.
“He has a big presence at the club,” Lindar said of Scherzer. “He helps the pitchers a lot. And he’s a little crazy, so he gives the team a little advantage, charisma and fire. We will miss him. But there are a lot of other guys who make the club fun too. ”
Scherzer helped some young pitchers at headquarters, such as Megill and Peterson, in just a few short months at the Mets. As soon as he was removed from the game, he was often seen walking next to the starting line and unpacking with him in the dugout. As usual, Scherzer’s intangible qualities can be just as important as his fury on the mound.
Three-time award winner Sai Young removed himself in his final start, during the battle against Albert Pujols, with pain in his left side that eventually became a stronger oblique strain.
“He’s obviously a significant part of that team, and so far he’s done a lot for that team,” Peterson said. “We obviously want him back, but we have to keep going and winning. Just like everyone who falls, we have someone to take their place. “
MARTE IS RESTING
Showalter gave Starling Marte a day off for the Club Series final against the Rockies on Sunday. The captain said Marte had slept only 4-5 hours in the last three days between traveling from the Dominican Republic to Denver, experiencing his grandmother’s recent death. March smashed the home run on the first field he saw after returning from a loss list on Saturday, a day that was emotional for the outfielder.