What’s on Tap: Wheeler faces Marlins at 7:10 pm

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The Mets open a three-game set with the Marlins on Friday at Citi Field at 7:10 p.m.

Zack Wheeler (1-2, 4.63 ERA) gets the start for the Mets, opposed by Henderson Alvarez (1-2, 2.66 ERA) for Miami.

The game will air on WPIX TV, and can be heard on WOR 710 AM radio.

Later in the day, Noah Syndergaard will make his fifth start of the season for Triple-A Las Vegas.




46 comments
stage52
stage52

It is still too early to judge Wheeler's talent just yet. Give him more time but so far he has not pitched bad so far. I will say he does better when he mixes his pitches up more than when he relies on that fast ball too much.  At this point nobody knows what Harvey will be like when he comes back after his TJ surgery. Met fans need to cross their fingers and hope for the best. Just because Harvey says He will come back strong does not make it so yet.  Confidence does not always overcome a physical problem if one still exists.

heynow20
heynow20

Let's go Wheeler...time to step up and kickstart a stretch where we can maintain an above .500 record for the forseeable future...

Kenneth Meltsner
Kenneth Meltsner

Hey, Met fans, who is Fozzie the Bear's favorite Cardinal?  Michael Wacha Wacha Wacha! Sorry. Great to be 12-10 but let's not go making playoff plans. Team was fortunate to catch the Cardinals and D-Backs at a good time. Neither team is as bad as it looked. Our starting pitching and bullpen has been strong. Our offense has not.  Let's keep it going against the Fish.

Tom Gallagher
Tom Gallagher

It's early, and it's only by half a game, but who amongst us expected to see the Mets in second place as we approach the end of April? Let's all just take a minute to enjoy looking at those standings.

eric88
eric88

Wheeler and Syndergaard are both showing signs of chinks in the armor. That's the thing with young pitching, you never know when their coming up at what level the dominance will end. Wheeler looks like a 5th starter on a good team and Thor has not adjusted yet AAA. Conversely, Montero and DeGromm have dominated. I think Matz will move up quickly this year as well. This is why you consider moving some of the pitching for a bat or SS.

Bob Burket
Bob Burket

2 out of 3 is most likely against the Marlins but a sweep is doable. Build on the 3 of 4 from Cards. Don't take a step back. We have the pitching to keep us in every game. LETS GO METS!

Nicholas Vargas
Nicholas Vargas

So we need to see better play at home and against teams in our division.

lholztrio
lholztrio

Doesn't Murphy deserve a contract extension?

greekgod
greekgod

This is going to be a good series, lets take all three!

mike23
mike23

Mets are playing well for the most part but if their offense doesn't start to pick things up and become more consistent than these wins are going to turn to losses. 


Time for the Wilpons and Sandy to take this team and organization to the next level with solid trades and free agent pickups sooner rather than later. 

bleck319
bleck319

Wheeler vs Stanton. Good stuff.

On a side note, having the Yankees on WFAN really sucks. The broadcasts are an embarrassment to quality sports announcers and commentators.

And please stop talking about Solarte, who will be batting below .250 by early June.

C.K. Dexter Haven
C.K. Dexter Haven

I'm looking for the Mets to take 2 of 3 from the Marlins (Marlins are playing better lately).  While the SP is healthy I expect them to perform.  They do that, and I think the Mets will be fine.  Marlins have a lot of team speed, so it's important the Mets keep playing the tight D they've been playing (11 total Es on the season...4 of them from pitchers...smh).  


Time for Wheeler to step it up a notch.  His is the only ERA on the starting staff that looks off.  (Colon's era will come down as we see more starts like yesterday, and less like the one in Anaheim).  


Hoping Grandy continues to show us signs of breaking out....

jjstearns
jjstearns

Wheel needs to watch Gee and keep the ball down in the zone and pitch to contact more. He's got the stuff but overextends himself throughout the game. Pitching and defense all weekend

mets2014
mets2014

very winnable series...don't give Stanton anything to hit

Haig Mathosian
Haig Mathosian

I hope wheeler pitches well.......it seems to me that he doesn't have that killer instinct.

Gerard Farrell
Gerard Farrell

@Will Keesee Definitely. If we're defying logic, so did San Fran a couple years back. They won A LOT of games 2-1, 3-4, 1-0.. All because of dominant pitching. I don't understand the people that cry out for an expensive offensive threat when our pitching will keep us in games no matter what.

Brett Hodus
Brett Hodus

@Will Keesee Totally agree with you. Also, their is a new normal in baseball. Runs per game are down again this year - a trend that has been occurring for three years straight. There is a premium on pitching - and we are as talented as the top tier teams in this area. I am not sure if our bats are ever going to rank amongst the top in the league, but if our pitching and defense remains strong (and their is more young help on the way) we should be in every series. Mix that in with a plus defense, plus speed, lineup that plays in perhaps the most pitcher friendly ballpark in the NL (us and San Diego) and we could be DEFYING the odds all season long.

hankypanky
hankypanky

Sorry,but I think Wonderful Wally is messing with Noah's head. The Wally Club says otherwise, and thinks it is the kid's fault for not stepping up.

stage52
stage52

@eric88 I do not know why any club would trade good young pitchers for a SS that nobody seem to want at the price that he wants and his demands which at this point are a pipe dream. Stephen Drew is not the answer that is for sure.  Far to expensive and giving up good future pitching is just stupid. They are cheap now and will be for several years. Go out and spend the money you save on some player that can hit  and play 1st base.  Good pitching is hard to come by and you do not just give it away on players that already have question marks.

rstpigeon
rstpigeon

@eric88 I'm sure Thor is shaking things out (and struggling to grip the curve in the desert). I figure he's trying things out, making adjustments, and not just trying to win. And I'm sure that's what the coaches are watching.


As to Wheeler, he needs a shot of confidence. He needs to stop working on himself and just pitch. That's the coaching he needs. After each game, he's still talking about his development and not how he competed. That's got to stop.

metsjetsdu
metsjetsdu

@eric88  give guys 30 starts before you really start judging them. To say Wheeler looks like a 5th starter on a good team right now is ok, but to say that is what he projects out to be would go against almost every scout that has ever seen him pitch. Thor will be fine. His stuff is there. These guys are so young still. I'm not against trading for bats but don't sell them short. 

1harris1
1harris1

Patience with Wheeler and Thor. Sometimes young pitchers need time to figure things out. Wheeler's talent translates to being way better than a 5th starter on any team, and Syndergaard just got to Triple A (not to mention that he's pitching in a band box in Vegas).

mets2014
mets2014

murphy is a prime candidate to be traded at the trade deadline...he is not considered a rental because the acquiring team would have him for next year as well...he would net a nice return especially from an AL team where he could DH as well

helloboy
helloboy

 They have him for another year after this.  I am sure they will discuss it with him in the offseason when he is eligible for Arb.

fakefans
fakefans

What a special attempt to bury negativity inside some generic comment about improving through trades and free agency.

Pitching and defense, if good enough, can carry a team for more than just a few weeks. Not only is ours good enough, but should anyone falter we have studs waiting in the wings. This team, as constituted, is good enough to challenge for a playoff spot. And I assure you, if we are playing the same way in July, they will add some offense.

Just quit being so negative. Root for the home team, sit back enjoy the ride.

mrgee
mrgee

@bleck319  Yankees' announcers are horrific.  There will never be enough soap to wash out the horrific sound of "OOOH MY GOOODDNEESSS RRRAAAHHHJJJAAAHH CLLLEMMEENNSSS IIISSS BAAACCKKKK." Ugh, horrific, don't even know how I wound up hearing that. 

nolrog
nolrog

I don't listen to Yankee broadcasts, never really have.  But WWOR comes in terribly for me (Morris County NJ) and I get a lot of static on the station, which makes the Met games impossible to listen to.

stage52
stage52

@C.K. Dexter Haven The Marlins Bats have been pretty strong starting with Spring Training and it has continued. Lets hope some excellent pitching and good defense keeps their numbers down. Missing Fernandez is a gift for the Met's this time around.

Nicholas Vargas
Nicholas Vargas

Yes, Wheeler is going to have to grow some cojones tonight and burry this line up.

oddmanrush
oddmanrush

@Haig Mathosian  I agree. If Harvey is able to return to form post Tommy-John, to me, he has that "it" factor that makes the ace that Wheeler lacks, but that doesn't mean he won't ever be a good No.2. Plus, it's easy to forget that he's only had just 21 starts in the majors. 

heynow20
heynow20

Considering what our 5th starters have looked like in the past, I'm not sure how anyone can think of Wheeler as being in that category

vimets
vimets

Wilmer Flores will be the starting 2b for the Mets in 2015.

Thomas McKeever
Thomas McKeever

@kefhrny17 It always seems that they end up using some scrubby pitcher trying to start their MLB career.  That pitcher has previously not been successful, but somehow will always find their very first bit of success when pitching against the mets. The marlin's pitcher will probably go 7 innings 2 runs 5 hits 6 k's 2 walks. I've seen this so many times in the last 4 years its disgusting

helloboy
helloboy

@fakefans  Fact: The '69 Mets were built the same way.  Pitching and defense.  They were not an offensive powerhouse either.  The Mets can use some more offense, sure.  They can definitely upgrade at SS and still can use an extra power bat in the OF or 1B, but that is about it.  


People need to relax.  You may win a lot of 4-2, 3-1, 3-2 type games, but you will still be winning a good amount.  The team has already overachieved and this is with several players not performing. 

stage52
stage52

@nolrog I live in Sussex County NJ and WFAN had as much static as WOR does so nothing has changed with me. 

oddmanrush
oddmanrush

@helloboy @Haig Mathosian  I don't see the comparison at all. Wheeler has a far better pitch repertoire than Pelfrey ever has, strikes out twice as many batters, and overall has a higher ceiling.

Gerard Farrell
Gerard Farrell

@heynow20 Our fifth starter right now is the best in our rotation. And he has such little experience.

1harris1
1harris1

I like our starting pitching also, but I'd be careful with those comparisons to the '69 team.

charlie duck sauce
charlie duck sauce

@Thomas McKeever @Nicholas Vargas

How many pitchers, let alone young ones, go 5 1/3 without decent run support every time out? That's what's boggling. I watch highlights from MLB TV and nearly every highlight is of pitchers giving up runs by the third inning but having the offense pick them up. It might not show in the stat column but Wheeler has pitched pretty well for a guy whom many say he 'overthinks his mechanics'.

Mark Shulman
Mark Shulman

He needs a lesson from Crash Davis. But I like the more positive posts today. Let's Go Mets

tullers
tullers

@oddmanrush @helloboy @Haig Mathosian  The problem with Wheeler is that he tries to strike out every batter: over uses his arm and tires early.  He needs to trust his defense more and conserve his arm strength to pitch deeper in games.