David Peterson was pitching with dad strength on Friday night, and he still hasn’t welcomed his soon into the world yet.
It’s coming down to the wire though, and with his wife due any day now, the lefty logged a career-high 10 strikeouts in an emergency start to get the Mets a 4-3 win and snap their three-game losing streak.
“We’re a week past the due date now, so it’s definitely been on my mind this week, but I talked to my wife and she had given me the assurance that we were going to be able to get through tonight,” Peterson said. “Definitely could have been a possibility I left today, but once I got here, it was all about the start.”
It’s a good thing Peterson’s son waited a bit longer, as Chris Bassitt was scratched from his start just hours before first pitch and placed on the COVID-19 IL, leading the Mets to turn to Peterson. On short notice, with a baby soon on the way, he tossed six innings and allowed three runs and lowered his season ERA to 3.24, leading to the question of whether he should remain in the rotation once the regular arms make their return.
“It’s what I expect out of myself,” Peterson said. “I have the confidence that I can contribute…and help us win games.
“I expect to do well. I feel like I’ve proven myself that I can compete at this level and that I belong here. When I get the opportunity, I’m gonna make the most of it and run with it.”
It’s very likely Peterson leaves the team on Saturday and is placed on the paternity list, and before he tells his newborn son that he had a career night just before his birth, he will have another question for the baby as well.
“I’m gonna ask him what the heck he was waiting so long for, too,” Peterson laughed.
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