Terry Collins told reporters Wednesday that Zack Wheeler will get at least one more start, maybe two, before the end of the season.
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
2:55 pm: The way it’s set up, Wheeler will make two more starts before the end of the season.
Aaron Harang will start tonight for the Mets, followed by Jon Niese on Thursday, Daisuke Matsuzaka on Friday in Philadelphia, and Dillon Gee on Saturday. Carlos Torres will return to the rotation and start Sunday.
So, I’m guessing Wheeler’s next start will be next Monday in Cincinnati, giving him five full days off between starts. Then, he’ll conclude his 2014 the final weekend of the season at home, though he probably won’t pitch beyond the sixth inning in either start….
It has been really, really important to Sandy Alderson and Terry Collins that Wheeler keep pitching every five to six days and complete a full season. They want him to learn from the experience and feel what it’s like to go goal post to goal post — February to September — and all that goes with it from travel, to scheduling, to managing his body.
It’s been a really successful first season for Wheeler, regardless of how he performs in these final two starts. He’s gained experience in the big leagues, he’s learned to play cat-and-mouse with big league hitters and he will not feel like a rookie next spring, which will only enhance his confidence going into 2014.