Part of the success Wheeler has seen is due to a new pitch that him and pitching coach Dave Eiland have worked on.
On Sunday, the right-hander labored through a 30-pitch first inning, but rebounded nicely, turning in five strong frames with nine strikeouts.
His new pitch, a changeup he’s been throwing with a new grip, has great downward plane and elicits a lot of swings and misses. Check it out below:
“I still don’t know what I call it,” Wheeler said. “Me and Dave have been working on a little split, split-fastball, split-change . . . It was working in the bullpen the other day, so I just carried it into the game.”
For Wheeler, he will look to build upon his strong outing and lower his 4.09 ERA through 22 innings.