There is a good chance you may have heard of Yusmeiro Petit before he took over for injured Matt Cain for the San Francisco Giants this season. He has been around for quite a while before his near-perfect game for the Giants against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Nearly throwing a perfect game does amazing things for a guy’s résumé but does this one game mean that Petit is ready for a chance at being a MLB starting pitcher at long last?
This start by itself, however amazing it was does not mean he should get that chance actually. He has began playing in the minor leagues as early as 2003 after all so he has been around for a while, unable to achieve a consistent MLB roster spot. That suggests that there have been a few inconsistencies with his performance over the years. However, that by itself doesn’t mean he is not ready. So, is he or is he not?
I believe that Petit is finally ready for his chance at being a full-time member of an MLB starting rotation. The Giants seem to be the perfect spot for him to go after this dream. He has compiled 40 starts for his career at the MLB level going 13 – 20 with a high 5.19 ERA. This season has been different however. In the starts he has made, he has been great going 3 – 0 and his ERA for this season is a minuscule 2.05.
He isn’t going to come close to a perfect game every time out. In fact trends suggest that he might get hit hard his next start. I believe he is someone the Giants should give a long look to for a starting rotation slot. If he keeps throwing the ball well for the rest of this season and arrives in good condition next spring, he should definitely get one of the starting five spots. Then we’ll see how good he can be over the long haul of the MLB season.