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BALTIMORE – The Mets have a David Peterson problem.
After helping to hold together the team’s rotation last season during the 60-game sprint, the left-hander has turned into a rotation liability, for which there isn’t an easy fix.
On Tuesday he got knocked out in the third inning after allowing four runs, and the Mets never recovered in a 10-3 loss to the Orioles at Camden Yards that snapped their two-game winning streak.
Jacob deGrom, Marcus Stroman and Taijuan Walker have been horses in the Mets rotation and Joey Lucchesi is showing recent improvement, but the 25-year-old Peterson is headed in the wrong direction.
A demotion to Triple-A Syracuse or stint in the bullpen might be the best course of action for Peterson, but the Mets are already short on starting pitching, with Noah Syndergaard, Carlos Carrasco and Jordan Yamamoto among the names on the injured list. It could be time for the Mets to consider the only other starting pitcher on the 40-man roster, left-hander Thomas Szapucki – who has pitched to a 2.08 ERA in 11 appearances for Syracuse.
In a second straight clunker, Peterson lasted only 2 2/3 innings and allowed four earned runs on eight hits with four strikeouts and one walk, boosting his ERA to 6.32. It followed a start in Arizona in which Peterson was knocked out in the first inning, charged for five earned runs on three hits and three walks. Peterson fell to 0-3 with a 7.90 ERA in his seven road starts this season.
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