Zack Wheeler

Final Score: Mets 8 Braves 2

Zack Wheeler pitched three scoreless innings and the Mets beat the Braves, 8-2, on Sunday at Tradition Field.

The Mets scored seven unearned runs in the eighth inning to break a 1-1 tie.

Wheeler let up just three hits and a walk, while striking out three.

Bobby Parnell pitched the ninth inning, which is his first appearance in an official game since last July.

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The Mets host the Marlins for a B-game and a Grapefruit League game Monday at Tradition Field, during which Bartolo Colon is expected to make his 2014 exhibition debut.




47 comments
helloboy
helloboy

If Duda and Davis spend the spring hurt and can't compete for the job, how can you later just annoint one?  Neither deserve it.  If they cannot compete, please release Davis and save money, put Duda in AAA and I will just live with Satin there.  At least Satin will get on base and put the ball in play more than these two. I mean, Satin is a bench player, but so are the double D's.  I will take my chances.


C Young

Murphy

Wright

Granderson

Satin

TDA

Lagares

Tejada 


please trade for Franklin...


C Young

Murphy

Wright

Granderson

Satin

Franklin

TDA

Lagares



Muhammad Qureshi
Muhammad Qureshi

Legares's lazer to 3rd base should be enough to put him in CF on opening day. That throw looked very pretty, even though we've seen enough of those types of throws last year. I know it's still very early in spring training, but CY is hitting .211 and Legaras .353. Keep it up Legaras, keep it up.

John Schod
John Schod

Speaking of how trades impact different teams, will Wheeler reach 20 wins before Beltran hits 100 home runs?

John Schod
John Schod

Harvey is truly a phenom! Maybe a young Doc! I feel that a true Number One has to pitch meaningful Fall games where the pressure reaches a different level and every pitch is significant.

I am very impressed with the Mets young pitching talent and hope that we get to see them while we are still in the hunt this year.

John Schod
John Schod

Since the Mets don't have a number one starter (even if Harvey was available), I hope that Colon can fulfill that role. Cliff Lee would have been a great fit.

Adam Dubbs
Adam Dubbs

Really pulling for Wheeler to step up and be the Ace of this staff. Neise is not the ace of any winning team but makes for a solid mid rotation starter. I'll take 80% of what Colon did last year and be happy BUT back to Wheeler...He shuts up and does his job...Set the goal for himself to be the Opening Day starter and embraces Thor getting the bulk of the attention this Spring...take notes Harvey and stop acting like an attention-ho...I'm as excited as the next fan about Harvey's talent but he has shown in many instances D-bag tendencies and hasn't done enough yet for his Ego to reach its full potential...stay in Fla - rehab - come back in 2015 and win me 20 games...and most of all STFU...#WheelerDay

John Schod
John Schod

I have been interested to watch the growth this Spring of Josh Satin and Matt den Decker.

I think MdD can be our version of Brett Gardiner and possibly surpass Legares on the OF depth chart.

openmind6
openmind6

Is Ike Davis going to sit all spring to keep his confidence up?

hankypanky
hankypanky

Brown's great throw proves he's a solid bench player once again. Can't understand why the whiners hate him.

Kevin Joseph Patrick
Kevin Joseph Patrick

I am really excited to see Wheeler take the next step this year, similar to what Harvey did in 2013. With Matt Harvey exploding on the scene & getting as much attention as he did last year, I don't know if you guys remember, but Wheeler was widely considered the superior prospect to Harvey by numerous talent evaluators & MLB scouts. So far this spring, Wheeler has been lights out & the biggest reason has been that he has gotten his control issues squared away. If Wheeler can continue to harness his stuff, he has the potential to be something very special in 2014. So long as he stays healthy this year & Harvey recovers 100%, 2015 with Harvey, Wheeler, Syndergaard & Montero is going to be one hell of a show. As Bart Scott would say, "CAN'T WAIT!"

hrvwlzthor
hrvwlzthor

U guys crack me up. On a day where there's nothing to complain about with the game there's only 3 comments. I feel bad for you people who just love to live in negativity, and when the team does well and nothing to complain about you all just stay quiet and don't say anything

dannym28
dannym28

Wheeler wasnt as good today as he was before, lagares has got a cannon, i miss diquis, Braves are the same team they were, and the matt clark is somewhat making a push to be on the team, and flores got a hit of kimbrel, and nice to see bobby 100 back. 

hankypanky
hankypanky

As long as you mention the throw by Lagares, don't forget the bullet that Brown threw to nail the runner at the plate in the late innings.

Muhammad Qureshi
Muhammad Qureshi

Beltran is phenomenal, and was that and more for us. However, the trade was well worth it, regardless of who reaches that mark first. All of our young arms look nasty. Montero, Wheels, Mejia, Noah all look sick so far, lights out stuff, and put Harvery there nxt year. Phew! damn, I can only imagine, but I shouldn't get ahead of myself right now.

chasesimms
chasesimms

John. Harvey IS a number one starter.

Kevin Joseph Patrick
Kevin Joseph Patrick

Couple things, bro. First, it is obvious you made the comment about Harvey not being a #1 because you wanted to say something controversial. If you don't think Harvey is a number 1, then you need to really reevaluate your knowledge of baseball because you have no clue what you're talking about. Harvey is the closest thing to an ace since Al Leiter was leading the rotation. Harvey is hands down one of the best 3-4 young pitchers in baseball, behind only Strasburg & Kershaw. A pitcher's status isn't determined by whether their team makes it to the postseason. A starting pitcher plays once every five days & his impact is limited to 35-38 games per season. Baseball is not like football or basketball where a single superstar could carry a team to a championship; baseball is the penultimate team sport. With that being said, the Mets will eventually reach the postseason & Harvey will eventually pitch in late fall, meaningful games. Based upon his résumé thus far, I have no doubt that he will excel in those games. The next issue is Cliff Lee. Do you have even the slightest inkling of what you're talking about? Don't get me wrong, I like Cliff Lee. I would absolutely love to see Cliff Lee pitching in a NY Mets uniform. However, I am a realist & I know that it will never happen. First off, Lee is 35 years old. The Mets are looking to get younger, not add a mid-30's pitcher. Second, and most important, Lee is owed $24 million for both 2014 & 2015 seasons. Based upon his body of work, he is worth $24 million per season, but there is a better chance you see Mike Trout in a Mets uniform before you see Cliff Lee in one (NO, Mike Trout is not going to be a Met). The Mets won't even pony up $24 million over 2 years for Stephen Drew to solidify their SS position, yet you think they would be willing to take on $48 million for an aging pitcher? Not. Going. To. Happen. Ever. Wake up bro!

lausenberg
lausenberg

@John Schod  Even if we had harvey? What exactly qualifies as a number one to you? There weren't many pitchers better than Harvey last year before he got hurt.

Starz31
Starz31

@Adam Dubbs  Sometimes, those elite aces are d-bags. That attitude helps them thrive in situations. I'm just glad he's on our team. 

eric88
eric88

@John Schod   Satin was an older rookie. He is what he is, he has no growth arc. Not very athletic. Patient situational hitter.

Adam Dubbs
Adam Dubbs

First young OF to hit sticks with the big club. Lagares gets first shot and I see Matt Dd on deck..Puello in the hole mid season next year and I'm excited about that

Mickey Jennifer Wind
Mickey Jennifer Wind

@Kevin Joseph Patrick  I like it, but it is a pipedream.  In order for this to happen, they will need to trade Gee, Niece and Colon, which is  not going to happen.  It is safe to say that they will make a move to get Thor in.  I still see no way this can happen without injury until 2016.  I think Montero will see a lot of time as a reliever here over the next two years with spot starts at times.  The personnel in place just makes it impossible to get them all in the rotation regularly for a while. 

crafalko17
crafalko17

@hrvwlzthor The post took over an hour to come up after the game ended so most of the people who were watching already vacated the site.

lindro88
lindro88

I think 99% of the people on this blog want Lagares to play CF.

Vin Santiago
Vin Santiago

@dannym28  If three hits, 1 walk, 3 k's 0 runs is Wheeler on an off day then I think this team will be very happy. 


Muhammad Qureshi
Muhammad Qureshi

That's absolutely true, that was a great throw. However, we r all pulling for legares to be starter, we all know what Brown is, a backup or minor leauger. He however is showing good life I believe at the plate, and who knows he may platoon with Satin/Duda since Ike is in a walking boot now ugh! Does it ever stip w. Ike.

John Schod
John Schod

@chasesimms I really enjoy watching Harvey pitch and said that I think that he is a great talent. However, to date, he has won a dozen or so games on a team that has played in very few meaningful games.  How would you evaluate his performance in late season and post season games in relation to Verlander, Scherzer, Lee, C.C., Wainwright and some others..I feel the same way about Strasburg. Loyal Mets fan for almost 50 years. Not a baseball genius, but have coached multiple players that have made the MLB.

John Schod
John Schod

Puello reminds me a little of Puig....

Kevin Joseph Patrick
Kevin Joseph Patrick

How? Let me guess... You think Dillon Gee is better than he actually is & that he deserves a spot in the rotation after 2014? Would you feel the same way if he didn't come up through the Mets' system? You can go through each pitcher I mentioned & ask yourself whether Gee is better than him. (1) Harvey: Never; (2) Wheeler: Nope; (3) Niese: Close, but Niese being a lefty makes him more important; (4) Syndergaard: In Gee's dreams; (5) Montero: Another no - Montero is an actual prospect, something Gee never was. With that being settled, where do we fit him in? The only opportunity for him would be a 6 man rotation, but they are both dangerous to the pitchers & they're nothing but gimmicks. Even if they did go with a 6 man rotation at some point, Steve Matz or Jacob deGrom are both better than Gee as well & would be developed enough by that point to deserve a shot with the big club. I'm telling you, Gee is auditioning for a trade to another club sometime within the next 12 months. You may not like it but it is the only plausible option for him at this point. There is a bright side in all this. When - not if - Gee gets traded, at least he will have the chance to pitch every 5 days & keep his career going. There's just no room for him on the Mets after this year.

eric88
eric88

@Mickey Jennifer Wind @Kevin Joseph Patrick   Colon, Gee, Niece, Murphy gone before 2015. 30 million savings. Payroll next year 75mil.

Kevin Joseph Patrick
Kevin Joseph Patrick

It's not a pipe dream at all. First off, Colon will more than likely be traded at this year's deadline so long as he pitches well this year. As much as I would like to see it, the Mets aren't going to contend for a playoff spot this season; there are still way too many holes & they are still a power bat short. Secondly, Gee is going to be traded as well. Let's not get things twisted here, Gee isn't that great of a pitcher. Gee finished well last season, but he played above his talent level, which is that of a 5th starter. As a matter of fact, had Harvey not gotten injured & miss all 2014, I believe the Mets would have sold high on Gee & traded him this past offseason. Gee is going to be auditioning for other teams this season because he isn't going to be a part of the Mets in 2015. He's either going to be moved at the deadline or non-tendered / DFA'd this offseason, depending on his performance. If he carries over his strong finish into this year, the Mets will get something for him. If he reverts to pre-second half 2013, the Mets will just let him go. Don't forget, when Wheeler was about to come up Gee was the top candidate to either be sent down or moved to the bullpen to make room. Luckily for Gee it was right at that time that he started pitching well. Third, and finally, Niese will be a member of the 2015 rotation; they don't have to move him. At his best Niese is a #3 / #4 starter; he's not even close to an ace. With Harvey, Wheeler, Syndergaard & Montero all righties, Niese is very important in that he is a lefty & will be thrust into the #3 spot in the rotation to break up all the righties. Next year's rotation will most likely be: (1) Harvey; (2) Wheeler; (3) Niese; (4) Syndergaard; (5) Montero. There is no way the Mets are going to screw with Montero & make him a relief pitcher. Jerry Manuel did that with Mejia & stunted his growth & development. I truly believe that messing with Mejia the way they did was a big reason why he has had elbow issues the past few seasons. Montero has shown he can get it done as a starter & he's a more highly touted prospect than was Mejia. The Mets just aren't going to mess with him.

I don't know why you think the rotation I listed is a pipe dream. The Mets have been developing their young starting pitching so they can all get together & become a young, formidable stable of arms. The Mets have decided to build this team around their young starting pitching & they're not going to let a mediocre pitcher like Gee, or an aging vet like Colon get in the middle of those plans. The rotation I mentioned is a very highly likely scenario for 2015 & it is a scenario that we should all be excited about.

qualcomm
qualcomm

@Mickey Jennifer Wind @Kevin Joseph Patrick Colon can be moved in July.

The Feels band
The Feels band

@lindro88  Haha everyone except that one guy who claims he's "not even a prospect" hahahahahah

Kevin Joseph Patrick
Kevin Joseph Patrick

Colon & Gee are definitely gone. Niese is only gone if Steve Matz flies through the minors this year & is ready to pitch in the big leagues next season. I could see Murphy being moved, but only if they can find an upgrade at the position. The Mets need to be solid defensively up the middle & Murphy is the weak link thus far. I can definitely see them moving him because he doesn't fit in their plans. They would need a big-ticket signing at 2B - someone solid both defensively & offensively - to justify the move. Also, the payroll will not be $75 million next year. I am as pessimistic as the next Mets fan, but I do have faith that the Mets have hit the bottom this year in terms of low payroll. I have faith that they will only go up from here. They won't return to Minaya payrolls, but I expect the payroll to be slightly north of $100 million by 2016 ($105 million - $110 million).

grillruben
grillruben

@eric88 So you want to trade 3 solid pitchers and not incur any financial burden doing so...it's so simple!

Kevin Joseph Patrick
Kevin Joseph Patrick

@Joe Wenzel:

If Gee pitches the way he did before he turned it around last year, the Mets might have no option but to non-tender him. He was not a good pitcher by any stretch of the imagination. Pitchers like Dillon Gee are a dime a dozen; he doesn't bring anything unique to the table. He has an average, 89-91 MPH fastball; he has a below average, 80-82 MPH slider that has just slightly enough movement to be used in the big leagues; and he has an average change up that is only 5-7 MPH slower than his fastball. If he reverts back to his old self, there isn't a team in baseball that would give up anything of even potential worth to get him. If he is bad again, the Mets can't tender him a contract or offer him arbitration because there would be a chance that he would accept it. Gee is out of options, so if he is part of the team & the Mets can't find a trade partner, they would have no choice but to DFA him. Once DFA'd, even teams interested in possibly trading for him will back off because he could be had for nothing. I'm sorry, but Mets fans tend to overvalue their own players & think they are worth something they aren't. At his best last year, the best return for Gee would have been a mid-tier prospect, a guy 3-4 years away from the bigs who doesn't project to be an impact player. If Gee returns to a 4.00-plus ERA, 1.50 WHIP, 1:1 K:BB, and 3-4 K/9, he won't have any value whatsoever. A team looking for a 5th starter could get a pitcher with the same, maybe even better, statistics on a $750k minor league deal where they wouldn't have to give up anything to get him. It's just reality bro. It is what it is.