Matthew Cerrone: In his last six starts, dating back to June 30, Zack Wheeler is 3-0 with a 1.63 ERA, including 34 strikeouts in 38 innings. In his most recent start, this past Wednesday, he threw 112 pitches, let nine men reach base, surrendered a home run, but limited the Phillies to just two runs in 6 2/3 innings of work.
He didn’t have his best day “pitching,” he had no feel for his sinker, he hardly used his change-up, no one was fooled by his curve ball, and he tossed way too pitches. But, he ‘battled,’ as they say. It was a struggle. However, it was an encouraging day, because his results were essentially the same as they were on days when he’s locked in and dominating. This is a good sign.
My big concern about him earlier in the year was that, in games like Wednesday, he had been making no adjustments and often got hammered. However, against the Phillies, he kept trying different things, all while trusting his position players, he got support from the offense and essentially did what he had to do.