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, Mets top prospect Zack Wheeler, readied himself to make his MLB debut Tuesday night in Atlanta, Kline's advice rang loud in his ears: "Don't look up."
He didn't at least not at first.
"It was an experience," Wheeler said. "When you're trying to settle yourself down and sorta slow things down and think about what the next pitch is going to be and who's on-deck, you can just look around and calm yourself down."
By most standards, Wheeler did not disappoint. There were frustrating jams and walks and mound visits, but the right-hander delivered the promised goods, pitching six scoreless innings and striking...