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Zack Wheeler wants to be your Opening Day starting pitcher

Zack Wheeler said he plans to battle to be the team’s Opening Day starter.

Sandy Alderson recently said Bartolo Colon could the Opening Day starter (MetsBlog, Jan. 17), while Terry Collins mentioned Jon Niese (SNY, Jan. 30).

“I don’t see why I couldn’t do it,” Wheeler said (Newsday, Feb. 3).

Pitchers and catchers aren’t required to report to St. Lucie until Feb. 15. However, Wheeler and several other players have already arrived in Florida.

Wheeler finished last season 7-5 with a 3.42 ERA, 84 strikeouts and 100 innings pitched after making his debut in June.

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

If it were me, I’d probably give the first start to Niese, because he did it last year, he’s been on the team longer than the other two and I like putting that type of spotlight and reward on his shoulders. I’d then go with Colon second, because he’s a veteran. I’d then throw Wheeler, because I want him annoyed and motivated to prove me wrong. He’s got a lot of fire. I love the idea of him and Matt Harvey, and eventually Noah Syndergaard, competing with one another to be the best pitcher on the team (and league). Harvey isn’t here, Syndergaard will start in Triple-A. So, I put Wheeler number three to keep him from feeling entitled.




141 comments
Brad Houser
Brad Houser

I know I love the guy but I'd like to see Gee get it just out of appreciation. I know he's not the ace but just as a nice gesture.

Mike Xydias
Mike Xydias

Absolutely! If he beats out all the others vying for that spot.

Jon Lopez
Jon Lopez

Wheeler should be if he wants to step up

Thomas Hahn
Thomas Hahn

I would start niese opening day. Wheeler game 2

MetsFan1962
MetsFan1962

If Zack wants to be our opening day pitcher, who can argue with that. Lets Go Zack! And, Lets Go Mets!

Roberto Torres
Roberto Torres

Love the guy but you have to earn that spot with time that's J.N's job he's earned it with good pitching for years I'm going with the lefty sorry

Juan Ortiz
Juan Ortiz

He has to earn it first. Let's see how is arm is in doing in spring training. But I really like the fact that he wants to step up. Shows he wants to win & be a leader.

Gary Mikucki
Gary Mikucki

How bout we see how he looks in spring training!!

Joe Svensson
Joe Svensson

As every pitcher on the squad should aspire to be.

John Paul Cullinane
John Paul Cullinane

@Ken Thall Honestly, you remind me of Debbie Downer from SNL...every post is trying to attack someone with no substance behind it.  Please find another blog.  Thank you in advance.

Modesto Cruz
Modesto Cruz

To much eager,U got to earn it first,half of season It not enought.

Zaryna Tuan
Zaryna Tuan

Wanna give him that chance but ehh im leaning more towards niese

cver
cver

Good strategy, Matthew.  Get Montero really annoyed that you didn't include him and better yet, start referring to him as a potential reliever - that way he'll probably win the Cy Young.  Oh well, maybe doing that is more annoying to some of us:)

Jay Vasquez
Jay Vasquez

No. Put a new guy to pitch. Put wheeler vs phillie or nyyk or the braves - etc

Mary Rodgers
Mary Rodgers

Yes I think he should be given that chance with Harvey out for the season this kid has to step up so why not let him !!!

Sam Mack
Sam Mack

I'LL be chanting WHEELERS BETTER !!! LGM

Sam Mack
Sam Mack

I'm going to the game I wanna see Wheeler opening day,Wheeler will have a better 2014 than Harvey 2013 minus the injury!!!!

Aidan Maslow
Aidan Maslow

While I think competition for the top starter spot is certainly healthy, Colon should have the inside shot at the opening day start. This is because he has proven himself to that quality of pitcher, while Niese and Wheeler really have not shown the type of numbers and consistency to be considered a number one. They are more numbers 2 and 3/4 starters, respectively.

Likely Rotation Order:

Colon
Niese
Gee
Wheeler
Mejia/Matsuzaka/Lannan/deGrom/Montero (from most likely to least)

Chris Crosser
Chris Crosser

I like his tenacity! But I think Terry Nose who should get the nod!

rstpigeon
rstpigeon

I think it has to be Niese. they don't have a #1 to match up to anyone's #1, this year. Those matchups are going to be tough. I just don't think Wheeler really needs the pressure and I think #3 is a fair slot, behind Niese and Colon.

Ron Lazzinnaro
Ron Lazzinnaro

Harvey isn't able. Wheeler has to step it up and be the guy for this year, so yeah why not.

Sam Mack
Sam Mack

His make up,delivery,stuff is flawless,needs to clean up a little.Harvey tries to hard...