Zack Wheeler has 28 innings left in his 2014 season, an insider told ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin.
Wheeler’s next start is Friday, in Cleveland, against Scott Kazmir and the Indians.
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
It seems really, really important to Terry Collins and the front office that Wheeler keep pitching every five days and complete a full season, so he can learn from the experience and feel what it’s like to go goal post to goal post, February to September. At the same time, the rumor is he has a 180 inning limit.
To do this, he will not be able to throw beyond the fifth inning in any of his remaining five starts. Or, the Mets could add someone to the rotation, like Aaron Harang, and keep Daisuke Matsuzaka, and skip Wheeler here and there, so he can start less games, but pitch as deep in to those games as needed.
Is it me, or is this a weird way to do this? I mean, what if he throws just 10 pitches every inning? Or, what if he gets shelled, throws 50 pitches in the first inning of his next start and gets pulled from the game? It just seems odd to base this all on innings, which are totally unpredictable.
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