In an effort to keep him pitching through the end of the season, the Mets will begin limiting Zack Wheeler’s workload, and he’s OK with that…
“I want to go out there and pitch,” Wheeler told Newsday’s Marc Carig. “But I don’t think my arm does, you know? It’s nice to have limits here and there. Of course, I’m young and I want to pitch as long as I can. And with them sort of limiting innings and pitches and all that stuff, I think it will help me out down the road. I’m not mad about it, honestly.”
Wheeler is on pace to throw close to 165 innings. According to the report, he expects to be shut down around 170. He threw 149 innings last season.
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
I swapped text messages with a former GM, who was also a scout and player, and who had been in the game for decades, and he contends that the Mets are doing this the right way, even though he’s ordinarily very against the idea of pitch limits, etc.
In his view, 90 percent of this is about what happens before they get to the big-leagues. So, limiting innings totals during a lost season (so long as it’s based on effort and not some arbitrary, cookie-cutter, predetermined number), is probably smart. However, he believes the real benefits come from having a development plan (tailored to the pitcher) as they evolve and mature in the minor leagues. And, based on what he’s seen with how Sandy Alderson has handled Matt Harvey, Wheeler, Rafeal Montero and Noah Syndergaard, it’s clear the Mets have a rhyme and reason to what they’re doing.
“Now, how it plays out for them, that remains to be seen,” he said. “But, it’s a measured plan, and that’s what’s most important.”
Read More: Newsday (Carig)