In the midst of all the Keystone Cops slapstick last night, Zack Wheeler made his fourth start of the season and delivered a somewhat uneven performance.
It wasn’t bad, it wasn’t great, it was a step in the right direction.
“I’m happy about my outing, even though there were some low points,” Wheeler explained. “Falling behind, throwing 20 pitches per inning, then only going five. But I battled out there as best as I could and got a good result in that fifth.”
The Mets top prospect completed five innings, tossed 99 pitches, and allowed three runs – one earned – on seven hits, three walks and three strikeouts. He improved his record to 2-1 with a 4.29 ERA for the season.
In 21.0 innings pitched, Wheeler has allowed 21 hits and walked 13 while striking out 16 batters.
As I pointed out in my recap last night, Wheeler has shown a mental toughness and an ability to bear down when he needs to resulting in many stranded baserunners. It’s a trait that will serve him well as he continues to d...