MLB News: Mets' David Peterson Stepping Up When It Matters The Most

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Ernesto Cova

The New York Mets entered this season as heavy World Series favorites and for very good reasons. Besides their balanced offense, they boasted arguably the best rotation in all of baseball, at least on paper.

But with Jacob deGrom, Taylor Megill, and Max Scherzer struggling with injuries all season long, an unlikely hero has certainly stepped up for Buck Showalter's team: David Peterson.

Peterson Is Getting The Job Done

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Peterson is coming off dominating NL East woe Miami Marlins with a seven-inning gem. The Mets sure needed that kind of performance given how banged up their bullpen is right now:

“He held his stuff,” Showalter said. “That was impressive, to see him go that deep in the game, especially [because] we were short in the bullpen. That’s a good step for him as a pitcher.”

Walker Lauds Peterson, Says They Feed Off Each Other

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That followed another impressive effort by Taijuan Walker in the series opener. Walker, notably, also credited Peterson for the game plan and how they've been able to learn from each other throughout the season:

“He's been huge for us, stepping up -- he stepped up for us last year before breaking his foot,” Walker said. “I think all of us, we just kind of just learn from each other and we kind of just kind of piggyback off each other. One guy has a good start, we just kind of keep the train rolling.”

Peterson Felt Great Against The Marlins

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Unfortunately, the bullpen wasn't able to hold on and the Mets still lost 3-2 thanks to a walk-off homer. But Peterson felt great during the game and keeps on building confidence:

“I felt like I had a good feel of [my slider],” Peterson said. “I could throw it where I wanted to put it, in spots I could get them to just swing over it. I was able to keep them off-balance for the most part to be able to get those strikeouts.”

It's All About Staying In Control

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The key for him has been staying ahead in the count. When he gets that cushion, it's way easier for him to operate and be at his best:

“A lot of them, I felt like I was able to get ahead in the count -- 1-2, 0-2 -- and just finish the at-bat,” Peterson said. “That was the biggest thing, when I get ahead, to be able to throw that putaway pitch and be able to get them out.”

The Mets are only going to get better if they stay healthy, so knowing that they have another reliable arm on the mound will be huge for them come postseason time.

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