The Mets have designated right-hander Walker Lockett for assignment, Tim Healey of Newsday was among those to report. His roster spot will go to lefty David Peterson, who’s coming off the 10-day injured list.
In what could go down as his final Mets appearance, Lockett threw two scoreless innings to pick up a win over the Yankees on Friday. For the most part, though, success has eluded Lockett as a Met. Since they acquired him from the Indians in a deal for catcher Kevin Plawecki before 2019, the 26-year-old Lockett has recorded an 8.16 ERA/5.96 FIP with 6.59 K/9 and 2.51 BB/9 in 30 1/3 innings. Lockett did pitch well last year at Triple-A (3.66 ERA with 5.9 K/9 and 1.7 BB/9 over 59 frames), but as someone who’s out of minor league options, he may have a harder time latching on elsewhere in the next week.
Meanwhile, the return of Peterson will be a welcome one for the Mets, as the rookie began his career with a 2.91 ERA/4.03 FIP and 7.06 K/9 against 3.32 BB/9 across 21 2/3 innings before going to the IL on Aug. 18 with shoulder fatigue. Peterson has been the Mets’ top complement to ace Jacob deGrom so far this season.
The Human Rain Delay
The sky isnt falling for the Mets like so many here want to elude
The deals never going to look good but Cano and Edwin are sure looking good right now.
Mets are 1.5 games outta the playoffs after their comeback win today
Peterson Dom JD are progressing well. There are plenty of teams that would love a base of DeGrom Alonso Conforto McNiel
The ledger looks great for 2021 and and absolutely amazing for the big 22 class – Any potential buyer is walking into a great situation here
Thrilling stuff with the three-HR inning. Some serious weight was lifted off some shoulders and it was a joy to watch. I’m not a Mets fan but Dom Smith is my new favorite player. LGFM! A Dodger fan just typed that. Go figure.
The Human Rain Delay
Im a Dodger fan as well but love to view into all teams rosters/timelines-
The Mets have gotten a terrible wrap and I dont think its just
They have a very enviable roster almost all still in early arb years…. I really hope they get a gamer owner (like Cuban) rather than a business person looking to make a buck- Id love to see them dominate the Nl East this decade to the dismay of all the commoners
I watched as well and thats what ultimately lead me to post this here sorta outta place but the Peterson news is good for the rest of 20 no doubt…Lotta inns to fill the next 30 days…They channel that 19 (semi) magic and they will be in the playoffs and scary as well
The unfair rap they’ve gotten this year is having a rookie manager who had an interrupted first spring training. The “fire Rojas” crowd can go take a hike. He is doing a good job with the hand he was dealt. We can’t forget that this year’s short season skews everything. The Orioles and Marlins are seen as playoff contenders, but let’s be honest. If this a normal season, both would eventually fall to the 100-loss range. In 2019, the Nationals were 19-31 after 50 games and 27-33 after 60. This year, that would mean no playoffs. Last year, they recovered from 19-31 to 74-38 the rest of the way, which was the same record as the 106-win Dodgers during those 112 games.
The Mets have some good players but not enough of them. Their organizational depth is weak and they had no strong defenders before Gimenez arrived. I still feel the Braves will own the division for a while longer. Just a better-run organization. It appears that perhaps BVW has corrected some of that. He is has been a disaster in some ways, though not in all ways.
All that being said, one important question lingers: Will Amed Rosario ever draw another walk?
I cracked up at your last sentence. Thank you.
I guess that’s his reward for the rare good outing. When is it Wacha’s turn? I understand that they spent a considerable some of money on him, but I don’t see how that justifies also wasting a roster spot. That’s just adding insult to injury.
Getting too high or too low on a player in this short season would be unwise. The 162-game season is filled with peaks and valleys. In 60 games, we will miss many of the highs and lows. I realize Wacha’s Mets’ deal is only for 2020. But from what I’ve seen, he’s shown that he can once again be an effective MLB pitcher. The strikeouts today was an encouraging sign. He just needs to figure out those first-and-second innings. Being a baseball fan requires patience. If every slumping player was benched as fans wanted, there would be nobody left to play the games. Struggling players? Those are the ones we should root hardest for.
Before his brief injury, I was watching what turned out to be Wacha’s only good start this year (if I’m not mistaken). He wasn’t even locating then. That was against the Red Sox, when Bogaerts literally took 3 called strikes down the middle of the plate in the same at bat, and other hitters were also making Wacha look better than he is. I’m not as down on Porcello, but I think Wacha’s days as a good pitcher are either behind him, or too far ahead to help NY.
I thought Wacha was done last year after watching him give up a homer to Walker Buehler. He looked done. Time will tell. When they signed him, I think the Mets thought it now gave them enough depth at starting pitching. But as we know, you can never have enough starting pitching. In the end, it’s better to develop your own rather than sign retreads. Teams should be looking at why the Indians and Dodgers are so good at doing that. Even when they lose a pitcher or two for a while, they still manage to start every game with a quality pitcher. The saving grace as Peterson, a guy the Mets would have buried this year had everything worked as planned. They need to do a better job evaluating their own, in-house talent. This is an organization that picked up Cano, just in case McNeil wasn’t the real deal. How stupid of them.
Agreed. Porcello and Wacha have been garbage. Would’ve paid for 1 year of Wheeler.
Not true. Porcello ($10 million) and Wacha ($13 million) signed for a combined $13 million for 2020. Wheelers signed for $21..5 million for this season and an additional $97 million for the next four years. Ridiculous money for National League pitcher with a career ERA of 4.05 and WAR of 12.2. The guy is already 30 and is certainly no ace.
for wheeler to take a 1 year deal you would have to have given him probably 30 – 35 mil easily instead of the deal he got from the phillies.
If you are wheeler, you hit 2021 offseason with a lot more competition with starting pitching while also putting yourself officially on the wrong side of 30 and with potential for injury. On top of that you are on a team that gave the back to back years cy young winner 21 wins over 60+ starts in 2 years. Short of being completely over dominant like degrom, owners want big numbers for wins and hrs on their team to put seats in the stadium. That would be a lot of convincing to stay on a team where he could have potentially been the number 3 or 4 if stroman returned to form and matz lived up to his potential.
So i cant fault them for what they did especially when wacha and porcello was considered your 5th innings eater and number 6 pitcher / long man in the pen with some minor league depth such as peterson on the way.
Yep, it was Wheeler’s time to strike. Van Wagenen’s statement following Zack’s signing was an embarrassment to the organization. Ol’ Brodie is now known for such things.
Poor Lockett. I inexplicably liked him and hope he either stays with the team or finds a team that will give him playing time
Last guy out of the pen and no minor league options, so it’s the right move. Today was his best outIng as a Met after a million bad outings last year
Lockett had nine outings in 2019.
It felt like 9 million to Mets fans.