Zack Wheeler believes he needs to work on command, mechanics

Zack Wheeler 1 polaroidIn yesterday’s 5-4 win over the Phillies, Zack Wheeler lasted only 4 2/3 innings and allowed two runs and seven hits with two walks and five strikeouts.

“Been a few times now where I’ve had to come out of the game early because I’m throwing 20 pitches an inning, falling behind guys, stuff like that. It’s not going to work,” Wheeler said after lasting just 4 2/3 innings Saturday. “That’s part of my game I’m going to have to fix pretty fast.”

It was the second time Wheeler failed to get out of the fifth inning – in his six starts this season, Wheeler is averaging under 5 2/3 innings per start.

“I just got to get more comfortable with my mechanics,” Wheeler said. “Just figure out something and stick with that.”

Despite loading the bases with nobody out in the fifth inning, Wheeler ultimately allowed only one run.

“That was definitely tough. I wanted to get through that inning not just for the win but to get out of that jam so we didn’t have to use the bullpen earlier than we had to,” Wheeler explained. “My pitch count was high and I guess Terry thought it was the right time to take me out and it worked out for us.

Overall, Wheeler is 3-1 with a 3.58 ERA with 18 walks and 26 strikeouts in 32 2/3 innings over six starts this season.

“We’ve got 11 or 12 more starts,”Collins said about Wheeler. “We’ll certainly run him out there every five days and hopefully he gets better.”