Wheeler Struggles In Four Innings Against Cards

Zack Wheeler got the start for the Mets last night against the St. Louis Cardinals and struggled throughout the night.

In the first inning, Wheeler walked Matt Carpenter and then subsequently gave up a two-run homer to the next batter, Tommy Pham, to fall behind 2-0 early.

Wheeler ran into trouble again in the second inning as he allowed a one-out double to Kolten Wong. However, he was able to escape the jam as he struck out Luke Weaver and then got Carpenter to hit a hard line-out right to Michael Conforto in center field.

In the third, the right-hander was able to avoid any trouble after a lead-off walk to Pham, as he got the next three batters out in a row.

However, the fourth inning was a different story for the 27-year old as he could not escape trouble. After striking out Dexter Fowler, Wheeler hit Paul DeJong and then allowed an RBI double to Kolten Wong. The pitcher, Weaver, drove in a run on an RBI single in the next at-bat to give the Cardinals a 4-1 lead.

Mickey Callaway decided to pinch-hit for Wheeler in the top of the fifth and fortunately for Wheeler, it paid off as Wilmer Flores and Michael Conforto both walked before Yoenis Cespedes hit a game-tying three-run homer.

That allowed Wheeler to leave the game with a no-decision and finish with a line of four runs, six hits, two walks, and three strikeouts over four innings. Matt Harvey replaced him in the bottom of the fifth.

Despite ultimately pulling Wheeler from the game early, Callaway appeared to not be too disappointed by what he saw from the right-hander.

“I thought Wheeler was okay. Again, a leadoff walk ends up turning into a two-run homer and then a hit-by-pitch, another run scores. We just got to keep that leadoff guy from getting on.”

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