Zack Wheeler made his third appearance of the spring on Wednesday and fired three scoreless innings. He allowed four hits, struck out four batters, and walked none over the course of his 49 pitch outing.
The right-hander hit 97 MPH with his fastball during the game and his Spring Training ERA went down to 1.80.
“Wheeler looked really good,’’ manager Mickey Callaway said. “His fastball velocity, his breaking balls. He’s got a really good arsenal. If he uses it the right way, he should be successful.”
The 27-year old talks about his performance here:
Zack Wheeler was pleased in particular with his curveball in today’s start. He breaks it down: pic.twitter.com/3lqAGVpCsU
— Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo) March 7, 2018
This could certainly only help his chances of making the rotation. It appeared early on that Wheeler was likely to be the odd man out of the rotation, but Steven Matz‘s performance early in Spring Training has opened the door for someone else to claim that spot.
Last season, he went 3-7 with a 5.21 ERA, 5.03 FIP, 1.59 WHIP and allowed 15 home runs in 86.1 innings for the Mets before being shut down for the season in August.