|David Peterson pitching against Atlanta on April 28. Photo by Jason Schott.|
After another tough outing on Monday, the Mets optioned left-handed starter David Peterson to Triple-A Syracuse. In a corresponding move, the Mets called up left-handed reliever Josh Walker from Syracuse.
Peterson fell to 1-6 with an 8.08 ERA (earned run average) after he allowed six runs (all earned) on nine hits and two walks, with five strikeouts, in five innings against the Nationals in a game the Mets went on to lose, 10-3.
Mets Manager Buck Showalter said of Peterson in his pregame remarks on Tuesday afternoon ahead of the start of their series with Tampa Bay, “Well, you know, it’s like I told him today, you know it’s good that I’ve seen him really good because, if it was just on this year, and, I mean, can you all imagine having something at your fingertips or disposal or whatever and you just can’t get to it, like a power hitter or somebody that’s done real well in the big leagues and can’t get it going, which is the case with some of our guys, so it’s got to be really frustrating for him, but you try to draw a line and say, ‘let’s start right here.’
“There were some things that were better yesterday, believe it or not. We looked at some of the things he hadn’t been doing, but every time he made a mistake, he got whacked, so hoping Sunday’s the start of him presenting a better option because, you know, we’re going to need him, and if he doesn’t get it going down there, we’ll have to go in another direction, right.”
Peterson will be making his next start with Triple-A Syracuse, and judging from how Showalter put it, likely will be a number of starts down there to get on track.