BOSTON – At best – remember that? – David Peterson would be four months before his first season at Triple-A. This year, he didn’t even think about spending the day he met because he would study his craft in Syracuse.
Meanwhile – the best case, remember – Metz was going to find a way to get enough work for six legitimate beginners.
But what about the best way to make God laugh?
Tell him about your plans?
So Noah Cindergaard left with Tommy John’s surgery, just as spring training 1.0 was over. And then Marcus Stroman came down with a torn calf muscle, just as spring training 2.0 twisted. And even late Monday night, Mets manager Luis Rojas tried to figure out what to do on Tuesday when the Mets needed to find a starter for the fifth game of the season.
And 24-year-old David Peterson, left, 6 feet-6, made the breakthrough.
“Once the game starts,”; Oregon Duck once said, “I have business to do.”
The first step was Wecker’s field, just outside Jose Perez’s second Red Sox ward. His second was fired from the Green Monster, and in the strange whimsy of this ball park, the wall actually prevented what would probably be a home run almost anywhere else, he was hit so hard.
In fact, it was so strong that JD Davis was able to pass the canal to Karl Jastrzemski and play the perfect car from the wall and throw Perez for about 10 feet per second.
Events on the eve of the night.
“It’s not like I would make my first big league,” Peterson said with a laugh.
And then what do you know: The nerves seem to be gone. He deleted J. D. Martinez. He got out of the first inn unharmed. He threw 78 pitches, kept the Red Sox balance all night, threw in 5 ² / ,, allowed two runs, crossed out three. The Metz won 8-3 and felt much better when they left the city than they did when they arrived 48 hours before.
“This is his first trip,” Rojas said. “And it looks like he used to have a lot of exits. It’s just a continuous outing.”
And for Peterson – wearing a number on his back, 77, which serves as a reminder of how implausible his path to 2020 was – it was something beyond that.
“This is one of the greatest days of my life,” he said. “It simply came to my notice then. Starting my first start, winning, I couldn’t ask for much more, being in a historic place like Fenway. Everything came together. I will never forget that. “
It was hard to ask for anything more than that. These Red Soxes aren’t exactly what the Red Sox had a recent harvest, but it’s mostly because of the sophisticated staff who really need to look. But the Sox line, even without Mookie Betts, is still formidable – Martinez, Xander Bogaertz, Andrew Benintendi, Rafael Devers.
“It’s a difficult warehouse to navigate,” Rojas said.
It didn’t matter. The kid got into trouble several times, including the loaded bases, and in the third none. He then struck out Martinez, called a double play from Devers, and that was really it.
“I have to follow him,” Peterson said. “I knew I had to cross it out. And I made my resins. “
“The kid,” Rojas said, “didn’t shy away.”
Said Robinson Kano, one of the Mets’ abusive stars: “You can’t ask for a better way out. He was dirty tonight.
He was wonderful. He was more than the Metz could have hoped for. You never know how things are going for young players, especially young pitchers. But then, in February, it would be impossible to predict much of what has already happened this baseball season for the Mets and the rest of the sport.
Young David Peterson will remember that. Maybe if the next 12 or 15 years everything goes the right way for him, so will everyone else.