You’ve probably read by now that David Peterson was the first Mets starting pitcher to win his debut since Steven Matz back in 2015. What you probably haven’t seen is the list of pitchers who’ve made their first start in the interim. Here’s the list:
Lugo made nine relief appearances in 2016 before his first start. In that initial starting assignment, he went 6.2 IP, gave up 3 ER and took the loss. Gsellman made just one relief appearance before getting his first start. He allowed 4 ER in 6 IP and also got hung with the loss. Blevins was used as an opener in 2018 against the Dodgers and gave up 2 ER in 2 IP but got a no-decision.
That list just goes to show how fortunate the Mets were to bring up Matt Harvey, Zack Wheeler, Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard and Matz in a four-year span from 2012-2015. Maybe in a few years they can start another run like that with Matthew Allan, Josh Wolf, J.T. Ginn and some of their international signings