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Zack Wheeler wanted to stay in, but OK with leaving game

Zack Wheeler held the D-backs to two runs in 6 1/3 innings Monday night, earning his first win since last August.

Wheeler said he wanted to stay in and finish the seventh inning, but he understood the decision to take him out of the game.

He threw 97 pitches, let up six hits and walked three batters.

“This game is about feeling good about yourself every once in a while, and he should feel good about himself tonight,” Terry Collins said after the game. “He pitched a nice ballgame. I wasn’t going to let him get himself buried to where you start feeling bad.”

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

For whatever reason, Wheeler used a different delivery. He was lifting his hands over his hand during his windup, which he said he used to do when he was younger. Hey, if we was comfortable, so be it. The important thing in this start, for me, was seeing him fight. He let up a quick run in the first inning. He let up another run in the third. Yet, he was able to keep rolling and contain the D-Backs as his teammates took a lead they’d never let go.




12 comments
nolrog
nolrog

>>> Hey, if we was comfortable, so be it.

If we was comfortable? 

tommets
tommets

Hey, if we was comfortable putting his hand over his hand maybe he should do that more often.

Vin Santiago
Vin Santiago

He seems to be a guy who needs to slow himself down and raising his arms over his head like that slows him down and keeps his balance and timing okay.  

cver
cver

For all the, what I believe is proper criticism I give Collins, I do believe that he pulled Wheeler at exactly the right time.  I was sitting there at that moment saying "He needs to be pulled out and there's Terry sitting there with his thumb up his butt", but just seconds after I said that, he came out and pulled him - so, good job, TC!  I guess he'll keep Gee on a shorter leash now, too.  I do get though that it is a balance, you work with what you have with regards to roster, injury and bullpen use/overuse.

dannym28
dannym28

had him pitch for me last night on my fantasy team. So no to upset here. Honestly though his curve was nasty last night and his fastball  blew hitters away. also hit 96 late in the game and stayed consistent at about 94/95 the whole game. Great game 

Russ Sullivan
Russ Sullivan

I really like this kid. I hope Harvey comes back strong and we can lock these two kids up for many years. Just an excellent 1 2 punch. Then hopefully Syndegard or however u spell it comes up and pitches well. With Neise and Gee in the 4 and 5 spot. I know it's a while off and a lot of things have to go right for it to work out. But that could be one of the best pitching staffs in baseball.

krayzie
krayzie

Yes we was! Hands over hand we was real comfortable!

Thomas LaSalle
Thomas LaSalle

It must take some real skill to get both your hands over your hand.

Vin Santiago
Vin Santiago

@dannym28 @cver  In three months when Torres has three bad outings we will look back on this date and complain about how TC has overused the bullpen early in the season.  

cver
cver

@Vin Santiago @dannym28@cver Well, you bring up a very good point, which is kind of a separate issue.  I was talking about how Zak was taken out at the right time.  As far as WHO he brought in, that's something else.  Torres was wonderful and saved the game, figuratively and literally, but I was also wondering about the overuse.  All that abuse that TC and Manuel inflicted on those relievers, including tonight's starter - scary.