David Peterson — potentially — made the final start of his rookie season for the Mets on Thursday night and put together his best outing of the year.
Peterson threw 107 pitches over the course of 7.0 innings in a 3-2 win over the Nationals Thursday night. Peterson, who had never reached 7.0 innings before in his career, allowed just one earned run off four hits and a walk, while also striking out four batters.
The rookie said he's taken in a lot of different things this season being with the team both on and off the field.
"It's been a good experience for me," Peterson said after the win. "...Being able to learn from the older guys in the clubhouse...all these guys in here have been a huge help."
"Just the experience in general, pitching in the big leagues, facing big league lineups and going against other teams. I love to compete and it's been fun."
Peterson also added that he's proud of being able to put the work in every single day in practice, and being able to put it into action when he goes out there every five days.
Now if Peterson will get that same five day interval next season is where the newest Mets question mark lies.
Jacob deGrom's spot at the top of the rotation is obviously set in stone as he competes for his third straight Cy Young award. Noah Syndergaard hopes to return healthy next year from Tommy John Surgery and secure his No. 2 spot.
The Mets could decide to bring back Rick Porcello, who showed small flashes of his former Cy Young winning form throughout his up and down year, or Marcus Stroman, who opted out of the season due to coronavirus and really hasn't gotten to show his stuff in a blue and orange uniform yet.
"I love to compete, I want to go out there every five days and give the team a quality start, go deep into ball games and have the team into position to win," Peterson said.
"I wanted to prove to myself and to everyone else that I belong up here."
A 6-2 record to go with a 3.44 ERA in his rookie campaign is sure to give the Mets a lot to think about this winter.