Found September 06, 2013 on Mets Merized Online:
As was reported earlier this week, tonight’s Mets starter Zack Wheeler, has only 25-28 innings left before he will be shutdown for the season. The Mets want to keep Wheeler’s innings total to around 175-180 for the season. With the 23-year-old righty already at 151.2 between Triple-A and the majors, the Mets may likely limit him to five innings tonight or a maximum of six no matter how well he is pitching. The Mets signed veteran starter Aaron Harang to a minor league deal last week with the idea of having him ready to go as the team attempts to use six starters for the rest of September to try and space out Wheeler’s remaining starts. Harang was released by the Mariners after going 5-11 with a 5.76 ERA in 22 starts this season, but is expected to start at least one and maybe two games for the Mets in September. “I think we got to protect ourselves with Zack (Wheeler) and with all the other guys,” Terry Collins said. “And we’re gonna need a pitcher for the 14th.” Wheeler, who pitche...

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Mets-Indians Preview

Scott Kazmir once was in Zack Wheeler's position - considered one of the top pitching prospects for the New York Mets and a big piece of the franchise's future. Traded in a lopsided deal that prevented him from ever donning a Mets uniform, Kazmir gets his first chance to face the team that drafted him when the playoff-hopeful Cleveland Indians host Wheeler and New York on...

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