Politics, Sports & Film Writer, The Paper
Published on December 17, 2021
The trade for Francisco Lindor in January 2021 was a monumental one. It was the first big acquisition of the Steve Cohen era and it also brought in “star” Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco. Unfortunately Cleveland’s team name isn’t the only thing that’s different now. Carrasco was injured for part of the season and played poorly when he was healthy; most likely due to the effects of his injuries. This also happened to other talented players who’ve performed well in the past, like Francisco Lindor, Jeff McNeil, Dom Smith, and David Peterson. Mets GM Billy Eppler’s off-season acquisitions so far have made it clear that each one of these players will be given another chance in 2022–except for one: David Peterson.
The Mets’ 2017 1st round draft pick has consistently performed well throughout his minor league career. He got the opportunity to play in the shortened 2020 season and did well posting a 3.44 ERA with 40 strikeouts in 49 2/3 innings pitched. In 2021, he didn’t do so well having a 5.54 ERA in 66 ⅔ innings. But if we are applying the same logic that we are for Carrasco to Peterson, he should have a spot in the roster. Mostly because during the season he had a oblique injury come up. This could’ve affected his performance before he was put on the IL. Even though he missed the rest of the season due to a foot injury, he still should be allowed to prove himself again this season.
In a Mets rotation that only has right handers, why would a talented left handed arm be a negative? If the reason is lack of depth, then get depth. There are plenty of free agent starters that could go to AAA and come up if an injury were to occur or if Peterson does poorly. Calling Peterson depth, as many baseball writers and analysts have called him in the past few months, does an injustice to him and sets a double standard. Yes, Carrasco has been in the Major Leagues for longer but he was able to maintain his status as an elite starter due to his excellent performance in 2020. Obviously Peterson isn’t “elite,” but he’s a 5th starter in my opinion, not depth. And if we are taking Carassco’s 2020 season into consideration of how we judge his talent, baseball writers, and most importantly, Billy Eppler, should do the same for Peterson.