Last night in Washington, Zack Wheeler improved to 7-3 with a 3.36 ERA after allowing two runs and five hits in 6 2/3 innings.
Wheeler has now thrown 151 1/3 innings between Triple-A Las Vegas and the big leagues in 2013 – he threw 149 innings between Double-A Binghamton and Triple-A Buffalo in 2012.
“My velo is not up, so obviously I’m a little tired. But once you get out there and get going, you don’t even know about it,” Wheeler said after the win. “I stayed out there for the seventh and I still felt as strong as I did in the first.”
Despite his success, Terry Collins wants Wheeler to stop telling the media he is tired.
“He’s the one who came in after the sixth inning and said, ‘I want to go back out there.’ And I said, ‘Then stop telling everybody you’re tired and you will go back out there,’” Collins said after the game. “But that shows you that no matter what he says, this guy competes. Don’t ever let his personality let you think he doesn’t compete on that mound. This guy was angry with the inning before and wanted to go back out there and finish it off.”
Wheeler is now 5-0 with a 2.19 ERA in eight starts on the road this season.
Wheeler has walked three batters or less and pitched at least six innings in each of his last five starts and one or fewer in four of those five starts – he is 3-1 with a 2.51 ERA over that span.
“He’s [now] throwing strikes,” Collins continued. “He’s not trying to strike people out, which is what everybody, with the great arm that he had, people were looking for that.”
The Mets are now 10-4 when Wheeler has started this season.