David Peterson latest Mets starter to use next-man-up mentality in stellar start

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David Peterson sideview in white Mets uniform
David Peterson sideview in white Mets uniform

One thing that was apparent about the Mets' roster this season? Pitching depth.

The rotation on paper was Jacob deGrom, Max Scherzer, Chris Bassitt, Carlos Carrasco and Taijuan Walker. But due to injuries to deGrom and Walker now, the guys behind them are making contributions using the next-man-up mentality.

David Peterson was the latest on Sunday, as he got the call in place of the injured Walker. And he wanted to be just like Tylor Megill has in his two starts this season, not allowing a run and giving the Mets quality innings.

He can check off all those boxes.

Peterson lasted just 4.1 innings, but he was solid as he let up just three hits, no walks, and most importantly, no runs. He had 80 pitches at the time Buck Showalter called for him, but he felt like he was still strong after game, an encouraging sign for someone making their first start of the season.

“It doesn’t go unnoticed that our depth has been tested early," Showalter said after the game that secured yet another Mets series win. "We got two guys in the rotation we were expecting to be a part of our depth during the course of the season. But very quietly, Pete [David Peterson] and Tylor have stepped up to take some of the must off of guys like Scherzer, Carlos and Bassitt. It bodes well for us down the road. That’s the one takeaways I’ve taken of close to 10 games is that some of the depth all teams are concerned with, so far it’s played out pretty well.”

It certainly bodes well for Peterson, who didn't have a good 2021 campaign. He posted a 5.54 ERA and 1.40 WHIP in his 15 games before injury would lose him for the season. He's powered through since then, and he's confident in himself which showed on Sunday.

He also knew how good Mets starters have been this year -- they owned the best ERA in that category out of any team in MLB. Peterson only helped the cause moving the number down to 1.07 on the year.

“It gives you confidence," Peterson said when asked if he was nervous about that stat heading into the game. "You see guys go out there, the guys that you fight with every day shoulder to shoulder you see them do well, it makes you want to do well. You don’t want to be that guy that doesn’t have a good one. It gives you the confidence to go out there and pitch your game. We feed off of each other. It’s a great chemistry we have.”

Coaches consistently preach next man up and to always be ready for your name to be called. The Mets, though, are actually living that and their guys are ready for whenever they get the ball.

First, it was Megill. Now it's Peterson. Both have answered the bell and gave their all to contribute to early Mets wins here in 2022.