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Zack Wheeler | Starting Pitcher

Team: New York Mets
Age / DOB:  (23) / 5/30/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 196
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Zack Wheeler allowed three runs -- on three consecutive doubles in the fifth inning -- over six innings in Sunday's 14-inning win over the Braves.
Wheeler didn't factor in the decision. The right-hander was done in by a bad three-batter stretch, giving up three runs on doubles by Jason Heyward, B.J. Upton and Freddie Freeman in succession. Otherwise, Wheeler limited the Braves to three hits and three walks over his six innings. He struck out six in the outing. The no-decision keeps him at 1-2 with a 4.63 ERA to begin the year. He'll look to get on track Saturday against the Reds. Apr 20 - 6:02 PM

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Zack Wheeler yielded two runs on six hits over 6 1/3 innings of Monday's 7-3 victory over the Diamondbacks.

The young right-hander struck out three and walked three more. He kept the ball in the park for first time of 2014, surprising perhaps given his competition and the bandbox that is Chase Field. We'd like to see better command, but that should come as Wheeler learns to trust his stuff against the best of the best. Wheeler and the Mets host the Braves on Sunday. He allowed four runs over five innings in a loss against Atlanta on Wednesday.
Apr 15 - 12:59 AM

Zack Wheeler allowed four runs in five innings and took the loss in Wednesday's start against the Braves.

Wheeler allowed eight hits, including a first inning solo home run to Jason Heyward. Six of them were singles, and he struck out eight in the effort. Also impressive was the fact that Wheeler issued zero walks, as control has been a bit of concern for the young right-hander.
Apr 9 - 9:58 PM

Zack Wheeler yielded three runs over six innings Thursday in a loss to the Nationals.

Things could have been worse, as Wheeler allowed seven hits and two walks, but he managed to minimize the damage. He fanned six in the loss. If the young right-hander can make progress with his control this year, he could be in for a breakout year. He's still a work in progress on that end.
Apr 3 - 4:36 PM

Zack Wheeler was tagged for five runs in 2 2/3 innings by the Nationals on Tuesday.

Wheeler's control had been much improved this spring, but he issued as many walks today (three) as in his previous four starts and 16 innings combined. Hopefully, it was just a bad day. His spring ERA jumped from 1.69 to 3.86.
Mar 25 - 4:42 PM

Zach Wheeler surrendered two runs in 5 1/3 innings Thursday against the Braves.

Wheeler got hit hard in the first, but he settled down nicely and had a smooth outing the rest of the way. He's impressed this spring with his 1.69 ERA and just three walks allowed in 16 innings.
Mar 20 - 5:07 PM

Zack Wheeler pitched three scoreless innings and struck out three in the Mets' 8-2 victory over the Braves on Sunday.

Wheeler has struck out six and walked just one in six scoreless innings this spring. Cutting back on the walks will be a key if he's going to take a step forward as a sophomore this year. Last year, he walked 46 (two intentionally) in 100 innings following his callup.
Mar 9 - 5:26 PM

Zack Wheeler pitched three scoreless innings, striking out three, against the Astros on Tuesday.

Wheeler was sharp in his spring debut, touching 95 mph with his fastball and walking none. If his changeup continues to come along, his fantasy stock will rise.
Mar 4 - 4:27 PM

Mets manager Terry Collins said that Zack Wheeler should be able to cross the 200-inning mark next season.

It's a reasonable expectation, as Wheeler threw 168 2/3 innings between the majors and minors this past season. The 23-year-old still needs to improve his control, but he has legitimate breakout potential.
Tue, Dec 10, 2013 03:13:00 PM

Zack Wheeler has been shut down for the season.

Wheeler felt a bit of shoulder stiffness after his last start and was nearing his innings-limit anyway. The 23-year-old right-hander posted a promising 3.42 ERA, 1.36 WHIP and 84/64 K/BB ratio in 100 frames this season. He should be a good fantasy option in 2014.
Sat, Sep 21, 2013 04:10:00 PM

Mets manager Terry Collins said that Zack Wheeler's next start could be his last if he goes 7-8 innings.

Wheeler is near his innings limit, having thrown 168 2/3 between the minors and majors this season. His next, and perhaps his last, start will come on Monday in Cincinnati. The 23-year-old holds a 3.42 ERA with 84 strikeouts over his first 100 big league innings.
Fri, Sep 20, 2013 09:45:00 AM

Zack Wheeler allowed four runs over five innings, walking six, in a no-decision against the Giants on Tuesday.

Wheeler is prone to high walk numbers on occasion, as it's the fourth game this year that he's walked at least five. He made up for it by only allowing three hits over his five innings. The young righty will have a chance to get back on track Sunday at the Phillies.
Tue, Sep 17, 2013 11:50:00 PM

Zack Wheeler allowed one run in seven innings but took the loss against the Nationals on Wednesday.

Wheeler matched Nationals starter Dan Haren pitch for pitch through five innings but gave up a solo home run to Ryan Zimmerman in the sixth, a run that proved to be the difference in the game. The righty gave up eight hits in total while striking out six. The loss dropped Wheeler to 7-5 but, he lowered his ERA to 3.22 in the outing. He'll take on the Giants next week.
Wed, Sep 11, 2013 10:45:00 PM

Zack Wheeler allowed three runs -- two earned -- over five innings in a loss to the Indians on Friday.

Wheeler was fortunate to limit the damage to the extent he did, as he gave up five hits and walked five on the night. It's a testament to how good his stuff is that he didn't get hit harder. Wheeler will be shut down eventually but he's still got a few more starts before the Mets have to make that decision. His next start is scheduled for Wednesday against the Nationals.
Fri, Sep 6, 2013 10:15:00 PM

Zack Wheeler will throw about 28 more innings this season before being shut down.

That would put him at around 180 innings. Wheeler's next start is scheduled for Friday, and his turn would come up an additional four times if the Mets use a five-man rotation. They could move to a six-man rotation or possibly just pull Wheeler early here and there to get him through the remainder of the season.
Tue, Sep 3, 2013 06:54:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Travis d'Arnaud
2Anthony Recker
1B1Lucas Duda
2Josh Satin
2B1Daniel Murphy
SS1Ruben Tejada
3B1David Wright
LF1Chris Young
2Eric Young Jr.
3Bobby Abreu
CF1Juan Lagares
2Kirk Nieuwenhuis
RF1Curtis Granderson
2Bobby Abreu
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Jon Niese
2Bartolo Colon
3Dillon Gee
4Zack Wheeler
5Jenrry Mejia
6Matt Harvey
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Kyle Farnsworth
2Jose Valverde
3Scott Rice
4Gonzalez Germen
5Jeurys Familia
6Carlos Torres
7Daisuke Matsuzaka
8Bobby Parnell