David Peterson and Tylor Megill have masked Mets injuries

PHOENIX — During this period of hot starting rosters early in the season, it was more than brand names that drove the Mets forward.

Talk all you want about Max Scherzer, Chris Bassitt and Carlos Carrasco, but David Peterson has joined Tylor Megill as an early gift to manager Buck Showalter. The Mets entered Saturday with a 2.07 ERA from their starting rotation, which ranked first in the major leagues.

Peterson posted a .64 ERA in three appearances (two starts) before being selected for Triple-A Syracuse on Saturday to make room for an extra assist. He allowed a 5 ²/₃ innings run on Friday in a no-decision against the Diamondbacks. Megill will bring a 2.20 ERA into his starting Sunday at Chase Field.

Neither Megill nor Peterson started spring training as a scheduled member of the rotation, but injuries to Jacob deGrom and Taijuan Walker forced them to field Jobs.

“Competition can bring out the best in people, and these two guys jumped at that opportunity and rode it,” said pitching coach Jeremy Hefner. “There was no guaranteed job after spring training. It’s more of a credit to them and their work ethic and what they did during the lockout and just continued to mature as major league players.”

David Petersen
David Petersen

Walker, who missed two starts due to bursitis in his right shoulder, could return to the rotation as soon as this week. DeGrom, who was incapacitated by a stress reaction on his right shoulder blade, will have an MRI scan Monday to see if he can start throwing. In the best-case scenario, he would return to the rotation by the end of May after building his arm.

But even if deGrom were to return on cue and give the team a slew of experienced starters, the Mets also recognize that Megill and Peterson are needed through a long summer.

“In 2019 they had five starters every start, but that’s so outrageous,” said Hefner, who came on as pitching coach the following season. “Even if we eventually have all five of the original guys, there’s still a chance something could happen. You have to be seven or eight deep and we might have the best top seven of anyone in the league so it’s definitely exciting.”

The Mets moved up to 8th on the depth chart on Saturday when Trevor Williams was scheduled to start against the Diamondbacks. The right-hander was needed because of last Monday’s rain at Citi Field and the subsequent double-header on Tuesday. Williams, who joined Javier Baez at last year’s close, has worked primarily as a helper with the Mets. Last year he started 12 games with the Cubs.

Tylor Megil
Tylor Megil
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Megill started this season with 10 ¹/₃ scoreless innings against the Nationals and Phillies before giving up four runs early in Tuesday’s first game of a double-header against the Giants. But Megill persevered and went through six innings without further damage. Last season, the right-hander posted a 4.52 ERA in 18 starts for the Mets.

Peterson, a left-hander, had a strong rookie season in 2020 but struggled last year before making the injury list with an oblique strain in June. Before he could return, a broken foot was discovered, costing him the remainder of the season. He finished with a 5.54 ERA in 15 starts for the Mets.

“He’s fine-tuned some mechanical things and is moving a bit better,” said Hefner. “When you’re on the IL and you watch your teammates perform it makes you hungry and I think that’s true of Petey because last year he wanted to be out there with us because we felt like we were at some things and then he got hurt a couple of times.” David Peterson and Tylor Megill have masked Mets injuries


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