In his last six starts, Zack Wheeler is 6-0 with a 2.12 ERA and 57 strikeouts in 63 2/3 innings, during which opponents are batting .215 against him.
He picked up his ninth win of the season Wednesday against the A’s, despite being charged with four runs (two earned) and four hits, while walking four and striking out three, in 5 2/3 innings.
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
Yet again, he looked like he was struggling to find his ‘best stuff,’ which I’m sure wasn’t helped by coming off a 120-pitch outing with less rest than usual rest in his last start. Nevertheless, he stayed relaxed, didn’t come undone, and he settled down after getting a bit rattled mid-outing. That said, I’m glad Terry took him out…
Look, the Mets are not making playoffs. I realize Wheeler isn’t on a strict innings-limit this season, but he’s still young and he’s been laboring these last 8-10 starts, often throwing a lot of pitches, in tough spots, and working through games without his best stuff. They are ‘stressful innings,’ as they say. And, if there is a way to limit his work a bit, the Mets should probably do it, considering his delivery and workload, and given what we now know about arm stress, pitching with fatigue and injury.