Zack Wheeler walked a career-high six batters, while giving up four runs in five innings, during Tuesday night’s loss to the Giants.
“The one thing we’ve been raving about is that he’s been commanding his pitches, and tonight he couldn’t find the zone and fell behind and ended up getting hurt by it,” Terry Collins said. “But, again, he didn’t let the game get out of hand. He kept us in it.”
Wheeler, 23, told reporters he felt good when warming up before his start, but, “I went into the game and it just wasn’t there.”
He is 7-5 with a 3.42 ERA in 17 starts this season, during which he’s struck out 84 batters and walked 46 in exactly 100 innings.
He has a 4.73 in eight starts in Citi Field, but a 2.32 ERA in nine starts on the road.
Michael Baron, Contributor
Wheeler had zero command, an inconsistent delivery, and he beat himself in the process. That said, he did buckle down and get through five innings.
Experiencing an outing like Tuesday night and coping with lackluster stuff is all a part of the process for him. It’s going to happen, and he has to learn how to deal with this sort of adversity.