After trading Justin Verlander and Max Scherzer, the 2024 New York Mets will be needing all the pitching help they can get.
They do have Kodai Senga, Jose Quintana, and other contributors, but they need much more.
Unfortunately, a recent development will prevent them from counting on left-hander David Peterson for the start of the 2024 campaign.
“Mets pitching news: David Peterson had surgery today to repair a torn labrum in his left hip, the Mets say. The typical recovery timetable for that is 6-7 months, making Peterson unlikely to be ready for Opening Day,” Mets insider Anthony DiComo tweeted.
Mets pitching news: David Peterson had surgery today to repair a torn labrum in his left hip, the Mets say. The typical recovery timetable for that is 6-7 months, making Peterson unlikely to be ready for Opening Day.
— Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo) November 8, 2023
It’s really unfortunate news for a Mets team that was counting on Peterson covering lots of innings next year.
He may have finished with a disappointing 5.03 ERA in 111 frames, but his was a tale of two seasons.
Before the All-Star break, he posted a horrible 6.46 ERA in 54.1 innings.
In the second half, however, he bounced back and posted a much better (and more in accordance with his skill level) 3.65 ERA in 56.2 frames.
Peterson probably won’t ever be an ace: he is too homer-prone for that.
However, his ceiling is that of a pitcher with an ERA in the high-3.00s or low-4.00s, and that’s all the Mets need as long as he can cover some innings.
Unfortunately, the chances of him being ready for the start of next season are slim.
All the Mets can do is hope he can make it back stronger than ever and that he doesn’t miss so much regular season time.NEXT: Fans React As Mets Hire Surprising New Manager