I noticed a few things during Zack Wheeler’s start I’d like to point out. A few things impressed me and there are some things that are noteworthy after doing some research:
Of Wheeler’s seven strikeouts, six were swinging and it was only the opposing pitcher that took a called third strike.
All seven third strikes were fastballs. Six were four-seamers, none of those were less than 95 mph, and the other was a 90 mph cutter.
Wheeler threw 23 pitches in his debut inning. 21 were four-seam fastballs, one slider and one curveball.
Wheeler’s command was off on his breaking pitches. He spotted his fastball when he needed to and threw that pitch 73% of the time, which is how he managed to limit the damage despite runners on base in every inning. Here’s the breakdown:
Curveballs: Eleven for three strikes (27%)
Sliders: Fifteen for eight strikes (53%)
Changeups: Two for two strikes (100%)
Fastballs: 74 for 42 strikes (57%)
Of his 42 fastball strikes, only ten (24%) were put in play.