Zack Wheeler’s first strikeout of the day came when he fired an up-and-in 95 mph fastball blowing it past Braves slugger Justin Upton in the first inning.
“You get a hitter like that who’s a fastball hitter missing pitches like that it says something for the type of stuff he has” catcher John Buck said. “If you can miss out over the plate with a fastball hitter looking for the fastball and you get him to miss that’s God-given tools he doesn’t give everybody.”
Wheeler delivered at Citi Field allowing four runs (three earned) striking out five and walking two over six innings in the Mets’ 7-4 victory.
So far in his rookie season Wheeler is becoming the anti-Matt Harvey in terms of decisions — he has racked up four wins in seven starts a combination of solid pitching and strong run support.
The 23-year-old right-hander is now 4-1 with a 3.72 ERA. The Mets who are scoring an average of more than six runs per game for Wheeler are 5-2 in his seven starts and 4-0 in...