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Zack Wheeler | Starting Pitcher | #45

Team: New York Mets
Age / DOB:  (27) / 5/30/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 196
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2009 / Rd. 1 (6) / SF
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Zack Wheeler got lit up for six runs on seven hits over four innings Wednesday in the Mets’ loss to Toronto.
Wheeler walked three and struck out seven while throwing 53 of his 81 pitches for strikes. As you can see from his stat line, the right-hander didn’t have his best stuff on Wednesday. Wheeler served up two homers in the loss including a two-run jack by Teoscar Hernandez in the fourth inning. The sloppy conditions might be to blame for Wheeler’s struggles, though the wet weather at Citi Field didn’t seem to bother Toronto starter, J.A. Happ, who notched 10 punch-outs over seven shutout innings for his fifth victory. Wheeler will take an ugly 5.92 ERA into his next outing Monday against the Marlins. May 16 - 5:14 PM

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Zack Wheeler worked six innings of one-run ball Wednesday in a no-decision against the Reds.

Cincinnati wound up winning the game in the bottom of the 10th inning, with the loss going to A.J. Ramos. Wheeler did his part, striking out seven batters while holding the Reds to just four hits. He did walk three. The 27-year-old right-hander will carry a 5.03 ERA and 1.44 WHIP into his next start at home against the Blue Jays.
May 9 - 3:18 PM

Zack Wheeler was tagged for eight runs in six innings in Friday’s loss to the Rockies.

It got ugly quickly, as Wheeler gave up five runs in the first inning. He settled down from there before running out of gas at the end. He gave up 10 hits in all (including two homers) while walking three and striking out three. Wheeler’s ERA jumped from 4.09 to 5.79 in the loss. He’s shown flashes of progress at times, but he’s too erratic to trust in most mixed fantasy leagues.
May 4 - 10:40 PM

Zack Wheeler struck out nine, allowing two runs over five innings in a win over the Padres on Sunday.

Wheeler was better than he needed to be on a day when his offense provided him 14 runs of support. The win improved him to 2-1 on the year, and Wheeler has a 4.09 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and 21/8 K/BB ratio across five starts. The right-hander will try to make it two wins in a row Saturday when the Rockies come to town.
Apr 29 - 8:06 PM

Zack Wheeler lasted just four innings and was charged with four runs Tuesday but escaped with a no-decision in a 6-5 extra-innings win over the Cardinals.

Wheeler was in an early hole after he walked Matt Carpenter to lead off the bottom of the first inning and Tommy Pham followed with a two-run homer. It didn’t get much better after that, as he yielded six hits and walked two while fanning three. Wheeler will have a bounce-back opportunity in a better matchup this weekend in San Diego.
Apr 24 - 11:54 PM

Zack Wheeler took the loss after allowing three runs in six innings against the Nationals on Tuesday.

Wheeler limited the damage, but he just wasn't very impressive in giving up seven hits and three walks while striking out only two. On the plus side, he did go 2-for-2 with the bat and score one of the Mets' two runs. It still seems likely that he'll head back to Triple-A when Jason Vargas comes off the disabled list.
Apr 17 - 10:34 PM

Zack Wheeler earned a 4-1 win by allowing the Marlins just one run on two hits through seven innings on Wednesday.

He punched out seven batters against one walk in the premium outing. A solo tater by shortstop Miguel Rojas produced the only damage on the scoreboard. It was Wheeler's first game of the season. He went 3-7 with a 5.21 ERA in 17 starts with the Mets last year. Today's gem should earn him at least one more start before the injured Jason Vargas returns from his rehab assignment.
Apr 11 - 10:21 PM

Mets' manager Mickey Callaway announced Sunday that Zack Wheeler will start on Wednesday against the Marins in Miami.

There had initially been speculation that Jason Vargas would draw that start, but he'll head out on a minor league rehab assignment instead. Wheeler pitched well in his first start at Triple-A Las Vegas, allowing just one run on three hits over five innings of work while striking out six. He could be worth a look as a streaming option in NL-only and deeper mixed leagues.
Apr 8 - 6:49 PM

Mets optioned RHP Zack Wheeler to Triple-A Las Vegas.

While the Mets considered using Wheeler out of the bullpen, he'll remain stretched out at Triple-A in the event of the inevitable injury at the big league level. Wheeler posted an 8.10 ERA, 2.40 WHIP and 14/2 K/BB ratio across 10 innings in Grapefruit League action.
Mar 24 - 11:14 AM

Matt Ehalt of The Bergen record reports that the Mets are "intrigued" by what Zack Wheeler can do out of the bullpen.

Ehalt also mentions that the Mets do not want to use Steven Matz in a relief role, so if he's going to be on the 25-man roster, he's going to be in the rotation. It's much easier to see Wheeler succeeding in a relief role given his swing-and-miss stuff -- while Matz relies more on command than an electric repertoire-- and considering his previous health record, it might be the better fit for the long haul.
Mar 14 - 4:19 PM

Zack Wheeler was shelled for five earned runs over just three innings Tuesday in a Grapefruit League start against the Nationals.

Wheeler looked sharp in his last Grapefruit League appearance, striking out four batters over three scoreless innings versus the Yankees, but he had trouble navigating a lineup of Nationals regulars on Tuesday night in West Palm Beach. The 27-year-old right-hander is battling Steven Matz for the final spot in the Mets' rotation.
Mar 13 - 8:37 PM

Zack Wheeler pitched three scoreless innings and struck out four Wednesday against the Yankees.

That's a definite step forward for Wheeler, who had been limited to one inning in each of his previous two appearances. If everyone remains healthy, it will likely come down to Wheeler and Steven Matz for the fifth spot in the Mets rotation.
Mar 7 - 5:19 PM

Zack Wheeler allowed a run on three hits in an inning of relief Wednesday against the Braves.

It took Wheeler 26 pitches to get through his inning, so he definitely wasn't going back out there for a second inning. He's pitched a total of two innings in his two outings to date, so he's not helping his case for a rotation spot.
Feb 28 - 4:07 PM

Zack Wheeler pitched a scoreless inning, striking out two, in a start against the Braves on Friday.

While most starters are penciled in for two innings in their debuts, Wheeler was slated for just one today. The Mets will tread carefully with him after he missed the end of last season with a stress reaction in his arm. He's not necessarily locked into the Mets' rotation after the Jason Vargas acquisition, but, most likely, there will be room for him if he shows he's healthy.
Feb 23 - 4:16 PM

Kevin Kernan of the New York Post reports that Zack Wheeler has been receiving daily shots of a bone growth drug into his stomach for the past six months.

The drug, Forteo, helps to form new bone, increase bone mineral density, and increase bone strength. It's quite the commitment from Wheeler who is looking to improve his durability. He made just 17 starts in 2017 before suffering a stress reaction in his right arm after missing the entire 2015 and 2016 seasons due to Tommy John surgery.
Feb 11 - 8:44 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Devin Mesoraco
2Kevin Plawecki
3Tomas Nido
4Travis d'Arnaud
1B1Adrian Gonzalez
2Phillip Evans
2B1Asdrubal Cabrera
2T.J. Rivera
SS1Amed Rosario
2Jose Reyes
3Luis Guillorme
3B1Todd Frazier
2Wilmer Flores
3David Wright
LF1Yoenis Cespedes
CF1Michael Conforto
2Juan Lagares
3Brandon Nimmo
RF1Jay Bruce
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Noah Syndergaard
2Jacob deGrom
3Steven Matz
4Jason Vargas
5Zack Wheeler
6Rafael Montero
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Jeurys Familia
2A.J. Ramos
3Anthony Swarzak
4Jerry Blevins
5Paul Sewald
6Robert Gsellman
7Seth Lugo
8Hansel Robles
9Jacob Rhame
10Chris Flexen