Originally posted on Mets Merized Online  |  Last updated 6/20/13
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. Zack ...
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