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The debut of a top young prospect is becoming a weekly occurrence in MLB. On Tuesday, pitcher Zack Wheeler made his first major league start for the New York Mets. The 23-year-old threw six shutout innings, holding the Atlanta Braves to four hits in a 6-1 victory. Wheeler struck out seven batters while walking five. Last week, the Pittsburgh Pirates' Gerrit Cole introduced himself to the big leagues. He earned a win in his first appearance, allowing two runs and seven hits over 6.1 innings versus the San Francisco Giants. Those two debuts follow the grand entrance of Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig. The Cuban slugger has been a sensation in his first 15 games, providing the Dodgers with some excitement in what's been a disappointing season. Through 60 plate appearances, he has a .474 batting average and 1.289 OPS. Puig hit his fifth homer of the year in a 6-0 win over the New York Yankees on Wednesday. It's too early to put this trio in the running ...
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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...
Zack Wheeler is here, so the New York Mets might as well get a real good look under his hood to see how the gears in his gut work.
The Mets believe they have another young star pitcher in their midst, but were on verge of watching a scoreless debut unravel. At the time, a Mets’ 6-1 victory and doubleheader sweep of the first-place Braves seemed highly unlikely.
WHEELER: Wins debut...
You may or may not have heard: Zack Wheeler was pretty good in his debut. That was on top of Matt Harvey being otherworldly earlier that same day. On what was clearly the best day of this benighted 2013 season, Mets fan and Mets player alike got a personal jolt from these two electrifying performances. Evidence of the clubhouse digging it was the sight of half the team surrounding...
On a day billed as Super Tuesday, the Real Deal and the Wheel Deal became running mates that Mets fans hope to support for years to come. Just hours after Matt Harvey held the Braves hitless into the seventh inning, Zack Wheeler kept Atlanta off the scoreboard through six frames, picking up the victory in his much-anticipated major league debut, as the Mets defeated the Braves...
Mark Simon of ESPN New York had a great post on Sunday in which he ranked the Top 11 memorable Mets debuts over the team’s history. He included both pitching and hitting debuts. Check out his work and research here. (This is great for some of you younger Mets fans)
I pulled the pitchers out of his list to see where Zack Wheeler might rank on this list. Here are the top five.
ATLANTA -- When former MLB pitcher Steve Kline made his major league debut in April 1997, he elevated his eyes to take the lights and fans and noise of Oakland-Alemada County Stadium and the immediate effects were of the nauseating variety. Big league debuts are not easy. According to Kline's star pupil in Low-A ball, he threw up off the back of the mound.
So as that star pupil...
There might be some question if Zack Wheeler is ready to assume the role of savior for the New York Mets, despite his and manager Terry Collins’ proclamations to the contrary of those lofty expectations.
With the statistical and financial numbers having been crunched, the decision is it is time to start the clock on Wheeler. The Mets don’t know who’ll be dropped from the...
Today’s doubleheader in Atlanta is a big one for Mets fans, as both Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler will take the mound.
Harvey has already shown the world what he’s capable of, and now Wheeler will finally get the chance to do the same.
Harvey will get the ball in the opener against Atlanta’s Alex Wood. Wheeler takes the hill in the second game, making his MLB debut against Paul...
Believe it or not, I ended up missing most of the game last night tending to some medical issues. But you have to love the the technology era we live in. Thanks to my phone, those mid-inning video updates from the MLB app, my Twitter app, and of course DVR. It felt like I was there. This morning at 7:05 AM I watched the game in it’s entirety and wow was I impressed.
I can’t even...
The Mets completed a day/night double header sweep with 6-1 victory over the Braves. The Mets and Braves completed 3 baseball games all within 24 hours, something that does not happen often. The Braves saw 2 pieces of the Mets future today as they saw Matt Harvey in game 1, and Zack Wheeler (1st Start) in game 2. Both pitchers did not disappoint. Harvey has been stellar this...
Harvey dominates and Wheeler deals The New York Metropolitans have a new-look rotation in 2013. Rookie ace Matt Harvey has burst onto the scene with dominant command and has become an instant fantasy star. Waiting in the wings all season long has been uber-prospect Zack Wheeler, and yesterday the Mets got a chance to do something [...]
New York Mets at Atlanta Braves
Turner Field, Atlanta • Game 1 1:10 PM • Game 2 7:10 PM
RHP Matt Harvey (5-1, 2.04) vs LHP Alex Wood (0-0. 3.52)
RHP Zack Wheeler (0-0, 0.00) vs LHP Paul Maholm (7-5, 3.65)
Game 1 Staring Lineup
Here is the lineup for the 1:10 p.m. matinee of a split doubleheader against the Atlanta Braves.
Collin Cowgill, lf
Daniel Murphy, 2b
After a long day at Turner Field, the future suddenly looks a lot brighter for the New York Mets.
Just imagine Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler at the top of the rotation for years to come.
''I hope people saw this,'' said manager Terry Collins, no doubt referring to New York's long-suffering NL fans. ''Certainly they're going to enjoy watching these...
As the Mets wrap up an uncommon five game series win with the Atlanta Braves, we have an even more uncommon edition of 3 Up and 3 Down, featuring five “Ups” centered on the Mets youth movement.
Dillon Deserved Better: I actually missed Monday night’s game. The rain delay of over three hours was too much for me to bear. From all reports though, Dillon Gee pitched a gem, going...