PHILADELPHIA — David Peterson’s first look of 2022 lasted longer than both beginning pitcher did on Monday night time. It’s unclear, although, if he’ll find yourself in the beginning rotation himself after what transpired on Monday.
That would appear to be a risk if Taijuan Walker’s harm — he left the sport with what the crew deemed proper shoulder irritation — finally ends up being severe sufficient to miss a begin. The Mets are already down one beginning pitcher, Jacob deGrom, who has been spelled in the rotation by Tylor Megill.
The excellent news for the Mets: Peterson regarded in management by the 4 scoreless innings he pitched in opposition to the Phillies, giving up simply three hits and conserving the sport firmly in the visiting crew’s palms, earlier than the bullpen collapsed in an eventual 5-4 loss.
“If we’d have won that game,” supervisor Buck Showalter stated afterward, “it would have been on Pete’s shoulders.”
After Walker had set down the Phillies in order for every of the primary two innings, it regarded as if Peterson, who struggled in 2021 with a 5.54 ERA, was being given a troublesome task in dealing with a deep lineup that boasts Kyle Schwarber, J.T. Realmuto and Bryce Harper as its prime three hitters. But Peterson struck out Schwarber swinging to finish his first inning and was largely on cruise management from there. He would strike out Schwarber a second time earlier than his night time was over, this time on a fastball trying, then received Harper to swing by a slider to end a 1-2-3 sixth.
“Everything felt good tonight with my stuff,” Peterson stated. “Being able to execute. Working with James [McCann] back there right away, felt like we were just on the same page. Having a great defense like that, it’s easy to pitch to hitters and let the defense take care of it.”
On an evening the place Trevor May additionally left the sport with harm and the bullpen fell aside, Peterson was one of many solely issues to go proper on the mound.
Walker and May will each get MRIs on Tuesday, although they and Showalter appeared optimistic that the accidents weren’t too severe.
Peterson, who struggled in two spring coaching appearances, carries his personal harm historical past, in addition to a less-than-inspiring file from final season. He initially didn’t make the crew out of spring coaching, although that feels lengthy in the previous simply 5 video games into the common season.
“If you let not making the team out of spring training get to you, you’re not gonna be ready when it’s your time,” Peterson stated. “So for me, just keep going about my work every single day. Treating it like a normal day.”