As we approach Opening Day, the New York Mets continue to make cuts and the Opening Day roster in finally beginning to take shape. However, with just two about weeks left there are still a couple of camp battles to keep an eye on.
One of the biggest battles fans have been watching closely over the past couple of weeks is the final two or three bullpen spots. Aside from the definites, only lefty Luis Avilan figures to have locked up a spot come Opening Day.
However, there are still a few relievers battling for a roster spot. One right-hander to keep an eye on over the next couple of week’s is Tim Peterson. The 28-year old is very quietly having himself an excellent spring.
In Tuesday’s loss to the Marlins, Peterson recorded two outs, which brought his total to five shutout inning this spring. He also has seven strikeouts, and just one walk.
Postgame, Mets manager Mickey Callaway offered some high praise of the righty, telling reporters he’s “been outstanding. I think some of the other guys probably need to take note. He’s been tremendous.”
Over 27 big league innings last season, Peterson posted a 6.18 ERA and 1.22 WHIP, while striking out 25 batters, and allowing 2.6 HR/9.
Peterson enjoyed some success in the Dominican Winter League during winter ball. In 14 games for Toros del Este he posted a 3.07 ERA while striking out 21 batters. And according to MMO’s own Christopher Soto, he also went on a streak in which he retired twenty-eight straight batters.
Though he certainly had his struggles at the big league level last season, Callaway’s praise shows Peterson’s strong spring has at least given him a solid chance of breaking camp with the team.