There weren’t many positives to come out of the Mets 2-1 loss to the Pardes on Sunday, except for how Zack Wheeler shined. For the fourth straight game the right hander registered a quality start, throwing six strong innings, while only allowing one run.
Unfortunately for Wheeler, he was subjected to another poor offensive performance by his teammates. Wheeler has been subject to poor run support, Wheeler currently ranks 47th in run support over nine innings averaging 4.4 runs.
“I finished strong and I tried to carry the confidence over and keep doing the same thing that I finished up doing,” Wheeler said. “I felt good. My command was a little off and I wish I didn’t let up that run, but sometimes you’ve got to give the hitter credit. Grandal hit a really good pitch. I wish we would have pulled this one out today.”
Wheeler has averaged 6 innings over his last four starts and has turned it on since the end of June. He has a 1.42 ERA in that span allowing just one run in each of those last four outings.
The Mets’ one run in the eighth spared Wheeler from the loss, but the Mets can not keep wasting the quality pitching that Wheeler is giving them. The Mets fell to 8.0 games back in the N.L East after last night’s loss.