Originally posted on MetsZilla  |  Last updated 3/19/13
New York Mets pitchers Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler both pitched on Monday afternoon and the results were enough to help Mets fans get their week started on a good note.  Harvey, going up against the St. Louis Cardinals, made his fifth start of the Spring and went 5 1/3 innings while allowing two runs and striking out six batters.  Harvey now boasts a 2.95 Grapefruit League ERA and has 24 K’s vs. just 4 walks over 18 1/3 innings. According to Mike Puma of the New York Post, the soon-to-be 24-year-old made the following comments after his outing: Photo by Michael G. Baron The biggest thing last year was not having my curveball,” the Mets right-hander said yesterday after allowing two runs over 5 1/3 innings in the Mets’ 3-2 win over the Cardinals. “I threw a lot of good ones [yesterday] and was able to throw it in the dirt when I needed to. That’s a big pitch for me, so having that back is definitely a big plus for me.” This is the longest I’ve gone this spring and even to the last pitch I was feeling good, so that is definitely a plus,” Harvey said. “I’m showing that the offseason workout is paying off and my arm feels great. Pretty much I’m ready to go. I am liking the way everything feels.” Harvey wasn’t the only one feeling great after his start yesterday.  Top pitching prospect Zack Wheeler made his first start  since throwing two scoreless frames in the Mets’ Grapefruit League opener back on February 23.  The 22-year-old was scratched from his next start with a right oblique strain and sent to minor league camp on March 10.  After his start, Wheeler tweeted that he felt great and was working on his change up and sinker during the outing. #bbpBox_313770216574300160 a { text-decoration:none; color:#0084B4; }#bbpBox_313770216574300160 a:hover { text-decoration:underline; } Felt good to get back in a game today. Tossed 3innings and 1 hit. Felt great about 16 hours ago via Twitter for iPhoneReplyRetweetFavorite @Wheelerpro45 Zack wheeler #bbpBox_313770777159811072 a { text-decoration:none; color:#0084B4; }#bbpBox_313770777159811072 a:hover { text-decoration:underline; } “@kazikraze: @Wheelerpro45 how many ks” 1 or none. I was working on my sinker and change up today so a lot of ground balls about 16 hours ago via Twitter for iPhoneReplyRetweetFavorite @Wheelerpro45 Zack wheeler According to Kristie Ackert of the Daily News,  prior to being sent to the Mets minor league complex a couple weeks back, Wheeler said “My goal was to make it out of spring training.  Now I’ve got another goal. That is to be up here as soon as possible. When I am ready, I’ll be up here, hopefully that is sooner than later.” Photo by Michael G. Baron As Ackert noted most people, including Matt Harvey, believe it will in fact be sooner than later. Before he left the major-league clubhouse for the final time this spring, Zack Wheeler stopped by Matt Harvey’s locker and gave him a quick hug goodbye. Harvey had simple words of comfort. “It won’t be long,” Harvey told Wheeler.
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