Before last night’s game against the Colorado Rockies, the Mets placed Jay Bruce on the disabled list, who has been struggling and dealing with injury issues all season. To replace him on the roster, the Mets made an unspectacular callup in the form of right-handed reliever Tim Peterson.
The 24-year old made his presence known on Tuesday night, though, as he was the only Mets pitcher that entered the game last night to not allow a run.
In fact, he was actually perfect in his two innings of work (19 pitches, 16 for strikes) while also striking out three batters in the process.
Despite the fact he has gotten zero recognition for it, Peterson has been very effective in his limited amount of chances with the team.
Peterson has allowed only one run, five hits, and three walks (one intentional) while recording seven strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings pitched. That gives him a 1.42 ERA and 1.11 WHIP in a limited sample size of four appearances this season.
While many people had no clue who this guy was before he got called up in late May, Peterson has quietly done very well for the majority of his minor league career.
For his minor league career, Peterson has a 3.26 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, and 346 strikeouts in 206 appearances (293 innings). So while nothing about his stuff amazes anyone, with an average fastball velocity of 90.9 MPH, he seems to have consistently been able to make adjustments to every level he has reached and has always found a way to make it work.
Obviously, this a very small Major League sample size I’m talking about, but it is encouraging to see a guy that might have slipped through the cracks a little finally getting his chance.
He kind of reminds of me of former-Mets Chasen Bradford, who has a 3.21 ERA for the Seattle Mariners this season after the Mets DFA’d him in the offseason, in the sense that he doesn’t have the greatest stuff, but just goes out there everyday, pitches, and makes adjustments.
With the team ranking 26th in bullpen ERA at 4.52, Mickey Callaway will certainly welcome all the help he can get and if Peterson keeps taking advantage of his opportunities, the manager will find a way to get him in more games.