Zack Wheeler’s biggest “flaw” last night might have been trying to strike out too many batters reducing the probability he would be around long enough for the win.
The Mets right-hander could have used one more inning. But who’s to quibble with a one-run performance over six innings that included a career-high 12 strikeouts?
The combo of Wheeler’s dominance and Marlon Byrd stroking a two-run go-ahead double in the eighth helped the Mets snap their three-game skid with a 4-1 victory over the Padres at Petco Park.
“Early I was keeping my pitch count pretty low but after the second or third inning I got a little carried away and I was trying to strike some people out and lost a little command of my fastball” said Wheeler who threw 115 pitches. “It didn’t help. My pitch count went up and I had to work a lot more.”
A night after LaTroy Hawkins blew a two-run lead in the ninth against the Dodgers setting up a 12-inning loss the Mets got three shutout innings from the bullpen with rook...