New York Mets left-handed David Peterson has no problem with this year's ERA being a 4-1 former first round pick at 3.18.
Just 26-year-old Peterson wasn't the three-time Cy Young Award-winning Max Scherzer, and Mets fans were hoping to start on Sunday afternoon. At that time, New York tries to sweep host Miami Marlins for three games.
Scherzer (diagonal injury) has been in the game since May 18th and needs to start another minor league rehab before returning.
"Max isn't where he needs to be," said Buck Showalter, Mets manager. "But he's approaching."
Peterson has two career starts with the Marlins, with an ERA of 1.74 and 2-0.
This year, Mets is 8-2 when Peterson starts. He has made a dramatic turnaround since last year when he reached 2-6 on the 5.54 ERA. When he started last year, Mets was 6-9.
Show Alter said catcher James McCann will resume on Sunday in his second match after returning from wrist surgery. This is good news for Peterson, who has recorded 0.64 ERA in three games against McCann this season. He has 4.08 ERA with Tomas Nido, another major catcher in New York.
McCann, who has been playing since May 17, said he should be able to get back on track with Peterson and other pitchers Mets.
"I hope that the relationships we built early in the season can be resumed from where they left off," McCann said.
Meanwhile, the Marlins will launch a right-handed Daniel Castano. Daniel Castano is 0-1 at 2.57 ERA in five games, including two starts.
The 27-year-old falls into the "Journeyman" tag because he pitched 100 times in minor leagues and 17 times in major leagues. His MLB record was 1-5 at 3.52 ERA, and his only victory was on September 27, 2020, when he threw a 61/3 scoreless inning at the New York Yankees.
Castano is 0-1 in 3.75 ERA in three career games with Mets, including two starts.
In addition, Castano outperformed the starter (4.26 ERA at 50 2/3 frames) in his career as a relief (0.68 ERA at 131/3 innings).
The Marlins, trying to avoid being attacked by the Mets, can definitely reach one bright spot. He could be locked out of Sunday's match after the Mets used the closer Edwin Diaz to win saves in each of the last two games.
Marlins manager Don Mattingly has seen the team drop five out of six games against Mets this year, except that they don't have to play Diaz on Sunday. I hope to give birth to.
"I feel like I've won the (Mets') bullpen backend in every match," Mattingly said. "We haven't got the middle of their bullpen."
Mattley also expressed his confidence in his young center fielder Jesús Sanchez. He got out of the slump and hit six home runs in the last 17 games, including one on Saturday.
"You are more confident in him," Mattley said of Sanchez. "If he gets well, he will have to bounce."
– Field-level media