Mets RHP Zack Wheeler made the shortest start of his career Sunday, lasting just 3 2/3 innings and letting up four runs, as the Mets lost to the Giants
“He wasn’t really as sharp as he has been,” Terry Collins said after the game. “The command of his fastball was not there today. He pretty much had to go to his off-speed stuff to get some swings. Normally, when he’s on, his fastball is dynamic.”
Wheeler dominated in his previous two starts against the Phillies and Cubs.
“I didn’t pitch well,” Wheeler later said. “I didn’t really have fastball command. Everything else was working for me. Just the fastball command was off, and it’s kind of hard to pitch and get ahead of guys when you don’t have that.”
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
He’s still trending toward ending the season with an ERA around 4.00 ERA and roughly 200 strike outs and 180 innings, which would be a very good, first full season in the big leagues. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I think Faith and Fear in Flushing’s Greg Prince is right, when he told me, Wheeler (like most young pitchers) is going to have two good starts for every bad start. These last three are a testament to Prince’s statement. However, he added, Wheeler has enough talent that he should eventually make that three good starts for every bad start, then four good for every bad, then five, and so on, until he one day grows in to being the consistent, dominant, front-end starting pitcher we all expect him to be.