Originally posted on Mets360.com  |  Last updated 7/3/13
When he debuted just a few weeks ago, Zack Wheeler was met with tremendous fanfare.  Since then, and a 5.09 ERA with nine earned runs given up later, there have been whispers amongst the fan base, the amateur pontiffs in social media, and overly-opinionated professionals like Craig Carton of WFAN, that Wheeler is a bust.  While it may be debatable whether or not he was called up too soon, one thing is for sure; he is not the worst pitcher the Mets have ever had.  He isn’t even the worst pitcher they’ve had this season. As he prepares for his fourth Major League career start. we have to keep in mind that many great pitchers have began their careers with shaky starts. Case in point, the greatest pitcher that has ever thrown, Nolan Ryan, lost his first two of three career starts as well. He won his debut and lost back to back starts afterward. The third start he even gave up five runs. Am I comparing young Wheeler to the greatest of all time? Not hardly. But I bring up Ryan’s first fe...
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