Suddenly, the Mets’ starting rotation looks stronger. The future, too.
Leading the Mets to their third win in four games, rookie David Peterson recorded a career-high 10 strikeouts, while allowing one run in six innings of a 7-2 win over the Braves on Saturday night at Citi Field.
Peterson (5-2), who had thrown more than 70 pitches just once since returning from the injured list on Aug. 28, completed six innings for just the second time in his career, allowing three hits, while throwing a career-high 102 pitches (62 strikes). The 25-year-old southpaw, who lowered his ERA to 3.83, had previously never thrown more than 87 pitches, but joined Jacob deGrom as the Mets’ only pitchers with double-digit strikeout performances this season.
Entering his fifth game since missing two weeks with shoulder fatigue, Peterson wasn’t the most acclaimed rookie taking the mound in Queens. Atlanta’s Ian Anderson, the 22-year-old, former No. 3-overall pick, had gone 3-0 with a 1.64 ERA in his first four career starts, and was coming off a one-hitter over seven shutout innings.
But in the first inning, Anderson faced his first real struggles in the majors. After he issued walks to the…