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Zack Wheeler was aggressive… and paid for it

Zack Wheeler lost for the first time against the Braves on Wednesday, giving up four runs in five innings.

He gave up a first-inning home run to Jason Heyward.

“I was aggressive today. That was my goal coming into this year — to be aggressive,” Wheeler said (MLB.com, Apr. 10). “Sometimes when you miss with your pitches they take advantage of it. Sometimes they don’t and you have a good game.”

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

He pitched well. He got behind in the count against Heyward. It happens. He lost. He rebounded well, which was good to see. He stayed aggressive, which I like. He got tired, though, I think, because his ball was slip-sliding all around the strike zone in the fifth inning. He left way too many balls out over the plate and Atlanta is too good to not take advantage. They sent eight batters to the plate and scored three quick runs before Wheeler ended the inning.


MetsBlog’s Robert Brender talked Wheeler from earlier this week >> Watch here on SNY.TV.




29 comments
Haig Mathosian
Haig Mathosian

Maybe he should learn how to pitch, rather than throw

jenkins
jenkins

When he starts to pound the strike zone with much better location, he'll be great. But, he's not close to that now. Way too many pitches.

Shawn R. Babcock
Shawn R. Babcock

Wheeler did fine. Gotta hit the ball. The only thing Wheeler, and d'Arnoud could learn, is when they are bashing the breaking ball, stop throwing it. Learn from Colon. The fastball had good life all night, throw it inside and outside the zone. Mix in a breaking ball when it's not working, like last night, but make sure it's just a show pitch where they can't pound it.

ctsteve
ctsteve

Phormer Phenom brought to harsh reality thanks to the Wilpon Mets.

72tilltc
72tilltc

Terry an Dan are turning Zack from a 4th starter to AAA. 

hashburry
hashburry

This guy has way too much Mike Pelfrey in him.  Scared to throw inside to lefties.  Breaking balls are not sharp, too predictable.

C.K. Dexter Haven
C.K. Dexter Haven

there's smart aggressive (colon and Santana in the zone all night) and then there's dumb aggressive (Diving into 1b on a groundball...Puig; Hamilton.lost for 6 weeks).  Zack got what he had coming to him.  He challenged a professional hitter with the same pitch in the same spot.  In the future, i'd expect to see a change of speed mixed in there.

Straw18
Straw18

Wheeler has to be able to throw a curve for a strike at any point in an AB. When it got to 3-2 in the 1st against Heyward it was nothing but fastballs and to his credit he kept pouring it in there which only makes the advantage to the hitter. If he bends one in there Heyward is frozen but he knows he has no confidence to throw a curve on 3-2. Hopefully Wheeler can find that one day. If he does he can be a solid pitcher.

greekgod
greekgod

Oh, I get it. The Mets are waiting for warmer weather.......that makes sense.

Albert E Lewis
Albert E Lewis

Spirulina,oatmeal,peanut butter,bananas and wheat germ help build stamina Zach.

Dennis Carey Abrams
Dennis Carey Abrams

Behind in the account? I didn't think we were talking about the Wilpons.

greekgod
greekgod

Tejada is not the answer; Duda is not the  answer; Ike is not the answer; d'Arnaud is not the answer. In 2020 we may have the answer. A new owner!

nagel100
nagel100

brutal offense but travis is improving and Legares is going to be in CF for years.  


Ike should be at first every day until Smith comes up in 2 years.   Duda can't hit or field.


at some point let's say next year we must move some arms for some bats.  that is why Montero and Noah are such keys for us.


We are missing Harvey big time.  Noah did not pitch well last night and there is plenty of time for him to get his act together.


2014 is not going to be our year.  2015?  maybe.


Colon , Gee and Neise are all trade bait for a bat.  Perhaps the cubs would do a deal for castro.  he is just holding the spot for baez.  

G.s. Ley
G.s. Ley

Tejada has to go when you rally in the top of the Ninth you cant swing and miss granted there was already two out but you have to get a hit there or at least put the ball in play to give the runners a chance to score he has to go or the "90 wins" will never happen 

Diane Kensworth
Diane Kensworth

Bob Ojeda made a point last night on the post game that i think hit the nail on the head. Wheeler has got to pitch inside. Every pitch he made to heyward in the first inning was on the outside of the plate. Heyward almost step on home plate when he hit the home run. I think wheeler's stuff looked great he just has to pitch a little chin music once in a while to keep them honest. I don't know why the pitching coach and the catcher didn't figure that one out. Seems logical to me. The good news is this should be easy to correct. 

11gilkey
11gilkey

Wheeler pitched well.  Was it his best outing?  No, but he's going be fine. He had no room for error because his team can't hit.  The offense is a joke right now just as it was last year.  And very little was done to help it.  Curtis Granderson is a nice piece but he's only going to hit .240.  He's become a one dimensional offensive player. You can thank Kevin Long for that.  Chris Young even if healthy is a huge question mark and had a brutal season last year.  That's it.  That is all Alderson did to upgrade the offense that was anemic last year.  That's not enough.  No leadoff hitter. EY is bench player.  Murphy is not a 2 hitter.  He's a decent 6th or 7th hitter in a good lineup.  Wright is good but can't carry a team.  He's not Piazza. 1B is a huge question mark and right now a huge hole.  Lagares is hitting well but he's a question mark for a full season.  d'Arnaud is a question mark and Ruben Tejada has no business being in the major leagues.  A light hitting SS who can't field.  If he was a gold glover I wouldn't care but he and Murphy can't even turn routine double plays.  This is on ownership and the front office.  They were aware of all these problems coming into the season and did very little about it.  Thank god our starting pitching has been decent or this team would 1-7 or 0-8.  

rico
rico

He still looks like a talented rookie.

Would have been curious to hear a reporter ask Wheeler what he thought (learned) from watching Colon the night before. I was thinking about this before the game. Would have been interesting to hear if they were watching and learning.

Bob Burket
Bob Burket

Ervin Santana was aggressive in the stike zone to the Mets. Why didn't he pay? Because the Mets can't hit. That's why. Duda's gotta go.

Brian Webster
Brian Webster

@nagel100 Smith is only 18yrs old. He won't be in the majors in only 2yrs. And why on earth would you want Ike at 1B next year? They have to upgrade that position from outside the organization through either FA or trade.

jaygreen55
jaygreen55

   Give the kid a break.  Craig Kimbrel is the best closer in baseball.  He has a career average of 15.9 k/9 innings and a lifetime whip of 0.9.

hashburry
hashburry

 I am no fan of Tejada, but he is not the only guy "wining and missing" agains the best closer in baseball.  Just not a reasonable point.

shinjoooo
shinjoooo

 Yeah, I mean he was just facing the best closer in baseball.... you just GOTTA get a hit there!

greekgod
greekgod

 Half the team has to go. No one player can get a hit when it counts to bring base runners to home plate in order to win a game. Sportscasters claiming its still early in the season but what you see now is the same thing we saw last year. What's the difference?


NOTHING!

hashburry
hashburry

@Diane Kensworth  I agree. To me, Wheeler looks scared.  Can't or won't pitch inside to lefties.  I'll keep saying it, he reminds me way to much of Pelfrey, sans the hand licking!

Pat Brady
Pat Brady

@Diane Kensworth  - Hit the nail right on the head. I thought that as Heyward was fouling off ball after ball. I always feel that with every pitch the advantage moves to the hitter especially if you're going to just throw him the same pitch that he just fouled off in the same location. It seemed like Wheeler just thought he could throw it past him but most of those pitches to Heyward were middle/middle. I thought he had him struck out earlier in the AB but the ump missed the call. I would have liked to see him work up the ladder a bit there too. 

hashburry
hashburry

@11gilkey  Every pitcher in the bigs can put together a few good innings during a start.  4 earned in 5 innings it a terrible start.

cmetsfan
cmetsfan

@Bob Burket  The pitch to Duda was a little bit high and out of the zone, it's just that it was Duda who's tall, so it sorta looked like a strike. Santana nibbled but has better location.

Michael C. Johnson
Michael C. Johnson

@Brian Webster @nagel100Disagree. Smith may well be ready in 2 years. He has what it takes both physically and mentally. The guy has the tools and potential to be a great one. It would be a complete waste to keep this guy playing single A any longer than this season. He should be ready for AA or AAA this or next season, and the bigs after that. They really need to move this guy along. Hopefully, he gets a taste the bigs this September during callups. The Mets need to somehow get 2-3 years out of first base, without trading away valuable assets. If Duda or Ike can take advantage of the opportunity, it would be a Godsend.