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Zack Wheeler | Starting Pitcher | #45

Team: New York Mets
Age / DOB:  (26) / 5/30/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 196
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2009 / Rd. 1 (6) / SF
Contract: view contract details
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Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said Saturday that the club will "constantly re-evaluate" the workload limit for Zack Wheeler.
The Mets floated the idea of a 125-inning limit for Wheeler back in February after he missed essentially two full years with elbow issues, but they surely didn't foresee at that point him becoming such an integral part of their rotation in 2017. "What we try to do is establish a target, and then we constantly re-evaluate," Alderson said. "And that’s what we’ll do in his case." Wheeler has had issues with his control, but he boasts a 2.67 ERA with 32 strikeouts over his last 33 2/3 innings. He's currently on pace to throw 170 1/3 frames, so the Mets figure to eventually take steps to pull back on his workload, whether it be with skipped starts or simply pushing him back when they can. May 21 - 10:23 AM
Source: Newsday.com

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Zack Wheeler allowed two earned runs, four hits and five walks with five strikeouts over his five innings in a win Saturday against the Angels.

Wheeler threw 61 of his 99 pitches for strikes, picking up his second win of the month after managing just one victory in five April outings. He has recorded at least four strikeouts in each of his eight outings this season, but he has failed to go longer than six innings in all but one of his starts. He'll look to stay in the win column in his next scheduled assignment Thursday against the Padres.
May 21 - 12:34 AM

Zack Wheeler tossed six innings of one-run ball Monday in a no-decision versus the Diamondbacks.

Wheeler struck out six batters and issued just one walk, but he left with the scored tied 1-1 after surrendering a game-tying solo homer to Jake Lamb in the bottom of the sixth inning. Arizona went on to put up six more runs against the Mets' bullpen. Wheeler, 26, has registered a 3.76 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, and 35/15 K/BB ratio in 38 1/3 innings this season. He'll face the Angels at home next.
May 16 - 12:46 AM

Zack Wheeler held the Giants to one run and two hits over six innings in the Mets' 6-1 victory Tuesday.

Wheeler had four strikeouts and four walks on the night. His counterpart, Jeff Samardzija, had nine strikeouts and no walks. Still, this one seemed pretty much over from the first inning, when the Mets jumped out to a 4-0 lead. Wheeler improved to 2-2 with a 4.18 ERA for the season. He still doesn't look like an every-week mixed-league starter to us, but he's been solid.
May 9 - 10:55 PM

Thursday's game between the Mets and the Braves was postponed due to rain.

The game was finally called after a two-hour rain delay. The Mets had been leading 3-1 but none of the statistics from tonight's game will count. No makeup date has been announced. The Braves begin a three-game set with the Cardinals on Friday while the Mets are headed back to New York for a three-game series with Miami.
May 4 - 11:06 PM

Zack Wheeler was unable to make it through the fifth inning on Saturday, allowing two runs (one earned) on five hits in a no-decision against the Nationals.

Wheeler walked four and struck out four on the day, needing 96 pitches to record 14 outs. Had he been able to finish the fifth, he could have earned his second win of the season. Wheeler now owns a 4.78 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 25/10 K/BB ratio through 26 1/3 innings in his first five starts. He'll look for better results when he takes on the Braves in Atlanta on Thursday.
Apr 29 - 4:29 PM

Zack Wheeler overcame a difficult first inning on Sunday to give the Mets seven strong innings of four-run ball against the Nationals.

Wheeler was behind from the get-go in this one, grazing Adam Eaton with a pitch to lead off the game before allowing an infield single to Trea Turner and a single to Bryce Harper. After getting Ryan Zimmerman on strikes, Daniel Murphy unloaded the bases with one mighty swing. Wheeler didn't lose his composure though, allowing just two additional hits and one walk through the seventh inning, striking out six in the process. While his 5.40 ERA looks troublesome at a glance, he owns a 1.11 WHIP and 21/6 K/BB ratio across 21 2/3 innings. Expect better results in a rematch against these Nationals in Washington on Saturday.
Apr 23 - 10:55 PM

Zack Wheeler pitched five innings of one-run ball and struck out seven Tuesday against the Phillies.

It took Wheeler 99 pitches to get through five, so efficiency was an issue. Still, it's his best outing in three tries. He has a 5.52 ERA and a 15/4 K/BB ratio in 14 2/4 innings. His next start will come Sunday against the Nationals.
Apr 19 - 12:36 AM

Zack Wheeler gave up three runs in 5 2/3 innings to earn a win over the Phillies on Wednesday.

He gave up four hits and walked one while striking out four. Wheeler was unscored upon through five frames, but was relieved in the sixth inning after he loaded the bases with two outs. The bullpen let him down as Hansel Robles promptly allowed a grand slam home run with three of those runs being charged to Wheeler. He came up one out short of a quality start but took home the win. He now owns a 7.45 ERA with eight strikeouts and two walks through 9 2/3 innings. Wheeler squeaked into the last spot in the Mets' starting rotation but is going to have to show some improvement if he wants to stick there when Steven Matz and Seth Lugo return from the disabled list.
Apr 12 - 11:26 PM

In his first start since 2014, Zack Wheeler allowed five runs over four innings Friday in a loss to the Marlins.

Wheeler had a strong first inning, but he struggled from there. He gave up six hits in all, including a homer to Christian Yelich. His velocity — which was comfortably in the mid-90s in the first inning — also faded a bit as the game moved along, but the good news is that he walked just one batter while striking out four. Wheeler is bound to have some peaks and valleys as he shakes the rust, so he remains a risky play in mixed fantasy leagues.
Apr 7 - 10:28 PM

Zack Wheeler will start the Mets' fourth regular season game.

And he'll be followed in the Mets' sixth regular-season game by Robert Gsellman, after Opening Day starter Noah Syndergaard returns to handle the fifth game. Wheeler experienced some tenderness in his surgically-repaired left elbow at the start of spring training, but he went five shutout innings in his final Grapefruit League outing Monday against the Marlins. The former top prospect could make a for a decent streaming option in the early part of 2017, but he'll probably have some workload limitations.
Mar 30 - 10:27 AM

Mets assistant general manager John Ricco said that Zack Wheeler will have a yet-to-be-determined innings limit during the coming season.

"There’s going to be some number but we don’t exactly know what that is," Ricco said, later adding an awkward metaphor in saying that "[t]here’s no sleep chamber that you can put him in and then wake up in Mars." Wheeler has missed the last two seasons after undergoing Tommy John surgery. He made 32 starts (185 1/3 innings) with a 3.54 ERA and 187/79 K/BB ratio in 2014. The Mets could potentially add Wheeler to the Opening Day rotation now that Steven Matz (elbow) has officially been ruled out for the start of the campaign. Seth Lugo is also in play to take the spot vacated by Matz.
Source: Newsday
Mar 29 - 7:09 PM

Zack Wheeler shut out the Marlins for five innings Monday as a Mets split-squad won 5-0.

Wheeler allowed two hits, walked two and struck out three in easily his best outing of the spring. It might just be enough to put him in the season-opening rotation with Steven Matz seemingly likely to land on the disabled list. We're still not high on him for this year, but he's more interesting in NL-only leagues now.
Mar 27 - 5:13 PM

Zack Wheeler surrendered four runs and walked three in three innings of relief Wednesday against the Marlins.

If there was still any doubt, Wheeler should be officially out of the rotation mix after this. Either he'll open up in the pen or in extended spring training. We'd say the latter scenario is more likely.
Mar 22 - 5:06 PM

Zack Wheeler yielded two runs in 2 1/3 innings Thursday in a loss to the Nationals.

Wheeler's velocity was excellent, as he was in the mid-90s consistently. That and health are more important than results right now. Wheeler still figures to open 2017 in the bullpen or perhaps on the disabled list. It will be interesting to see how the Mets utilize him if they do start him off as a reliever.
Mar 16 - 3:52 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Travis d'Arnaud
2Rene Rivera
3Kevin Plawecki
1B1Lucas Duda
2Wilmer Flores
2B1Neil Walker
SS1Asdrubal Cabrera
2Matt Reynolds
3B1David Wright
2Jose Reyes
3T.J. Rivera
LF1Yoenis Cespedes
CF1Curtis Granderson
2Juan Lagares
RF1Jay Bruce
2Michael Conforto
3Brandon Nimmo
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Noah Syndergaard
2Jacob deGrom
3Matt Harvey
4Steven Matz
5Zack Wheeler
6Robert Gsellman
7Tommy Milone
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Jeurys Familia
2Addison Reed
3Fernando Salas
4Jerry Blevins
5Hansel Robles
6Josh Edgin
7Paul Sewald
8Seth Lugo
9Rafael Montero
10Neil Ramirez