Well, well, well… Wheeler had his way with the D-Backs in this one and improved to 4-0 on the road as the Mets went on to slither past Arizona, 4-1. Wheeler didn’t do all the work, however, as he got some offensive support from our resident youth movement: Wilmer Flores and Juan Lagares.
Wilmer Flores chased Ike Davis home with an RBI single in the fourth after Juan Lagares led off the inning with an opposite-field home run. Lagares has been such a hot hitter lately — but I should mention that Ike Davis has looked considerably better at the plate. He hit a sharp liner for a double before Flores drove him in. Flores provided the rest of the offense in the top of the eighth, where he drove in a pair of runs on yet another single. Flores now has eight RBIs in his last four games.
Now, back to Mr. Wheeling and Dealing…
The most important stat for Zack Wheeler in this one? No walks. That’s right, his line was 6.1 IP, 4 H, 0 BB, 1 ER, 4 K. I might not have seen the strikeouts from Wheeler that I hoped for — but keeping hitters off balance is just as effective. Honestly, the only blemish was a home run from Aaron Hill all the way in the seventh, but it was still an excellent performance never the less.
LaTroy Hawkins looked impressive again as he picked up his third save while Parnell serves his time on the DL and tries to remember how to sleep normally.
Jon Niese returns from the DL himself tomorrow to take on Arizona as he looks to start a turn-around for his lackluster season to date. The Mets will try to take the rubber game behind him.