David Peterson has been scratched from his start.
Once considered to be among the best starting rotations in baseball, the New York Mets have seen Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard get hurt, Steven Matz regress to the worst form he’s shown in his career and Marcus Stroman leave the team due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Even their rookies aren’t immune from this injury bug infestation, as tall lefty David Peterson will not make his next scheduled start against the Miami Marlins.
Peterson, who has been filling in for New York’s banged up aces, was scratched from today’s start against Miami. Corey Oswalt was recalled from the alternate training site to replace him.
David Peterson was impressing in his rookie season
A huge left-hander at 6-foot-6 and 240 pounds, Peterson was picked in the first round of the 2017 MLB Draft after a successful career at Oregon. He has wasted no time adjusting to MLB pitching, as he has won three of his first four starts while posting a 2.91 ERA. Peterson might be unfortunate enough deGrom and Syndergaard on the IL in what has been another unlucky season for the Mets’ rotation.
Oswalt has struggles both as a starter and reliever for the Mets over the last few years, as his 6.69 career ERA is a sign that the Mets won’t be able to last long if Peterson and his mind-bending slider are forced to hit the IL. Oswalt having to start for a good chunk of games might be a death knell for the 10-14 Mets.
Even by traditional Mets injury standards, 2020 has been very unlucky for them, and a rising star like Peterson potentially hitting the IL is just the latest stunner in a season that’s been full of them so far. Hopefully, this scratch is more preventative than indicative of a major problem with Peterson’s health.