Found August 16, 2013 on Metstradamus:
I should have known something was afoot when there was a scroll on MLB Network today that noted that Zack Wheeler hadn't had more than five strikeouts in a game since his major league debut, when he had seven. And it would be flowery to say that Zack was motivated by that scroll and made a conscious decision to strike out more batters against the Padres on Thursday. As we all know, it's not that simple or convenient. And if we have players who are motivated by stat scrolls, then we have a bigger problem than pitchers not striking out enough batters to our liking. Zack Wheeler struck out 12 batters in six innings against San Diego in a 4-1 win (getting you fans off to a good start with your discounts for next week's tickets ... which might be why Wheeler didn't pitch the seventh), and he also set a career high in total pitches which, if you're going to do that, better to do that because you're striking out a bunch of Padres, and you're saving a bullpen...
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