Another Gem By Wheeler Thrown Away By Bullpen

Zack Wheeler started for the Mets last night against the Toronto Blue Jays and threw yet another gem to keep up his recent hot streak.

Four innings into the game, Wheeler had yet to give up a run while the Mets offense was able to provide the right-hander with a 5-0 lead.

In the fifth inning, though, Wheeler allowed a run-scoring double to ex-Met Curtis Granderson that was dumped into right. However, Wheeler was able to regain composure with ease to strike out Teoscar Hernandez with runners on second and third to end the threat.

After a clean sixth inning, the 28-year old ran into trouble in the seventh after striking out Russell Martin for the first out as he allowed a single to Randall Grichuk that Jose Bautista made an error on that allowed Grichuk to advance all the way to third with only one out in the inning.

With Wheeler having thrown his 107th pitch already, Mickey Callaway came out to the mound to yank his starter in place of Anthony Swarzak. The reliever would allow the second run to score on a groundout by Lourdes Gurriel Jr.

On the day, Wheeler finished with a strong line in which he lasted 6 1/3 innings while allowing two runs, three hits, three walks, and five strikeouts.

However, Anthony Swarzak and Robert Gsellman wouldn’t even escape the seventh inning before giving Wheeler a no-decision as they combined to allow four runs in the inning to tie the game at 6-6.

Tim Peterson then allowed Gurriel to hit a two-run homer to give the Blue Jays the lead and secure another loss despite getting a quality start.

In fact, the Mets are among the worst ever at securing wins in quality starts this season, as Stats By STATS notes that the Mets are an abysmal 13-23 so far this season in games where the team received a quality start. The Mets only blew 22 games like that all of last season and the Mets current record in these situations is the worst since the 1916 Athletics, who were still residing in Philadephia back then.

Swarzak admitted that Wheeler didn’t deserve a no-decision and that this was a game that should have went in the win column for the Mets.

“Wheeler again threw a gem. He threw the ball great. We should have won this game.”

The Mets have really seen a different Zack Wheeler on the mound the last month or so, though, as Wheeler pitched to a 3.26 ERA in the month of June after having a 6.43 ERA in the month prior that almost got him kicked out of the rotation.

Mickey Callaway recognizes it to and thinks Dave Eiland‘s relationship is key, as he detailed to Tim Healey of Newsday before the game.

“He’s done a great job. Dave and Zack have worked really hard on making some adjustments in his mentality, the way he goes about his business on the mound. It’s really paying off for him and he’s really sticking with it. I think he’s seeing the benefits of it.”

With the trade deadline approaching, teams are starting to really take notice of the right-hander’s performance that has included an uptick in velocity. The Mets will hope he continues to gain stock as the deadline nears.

On the year, Wheeler is 2-6 with a 4.36 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, and 91 strikeouts in 16 starts (95 innings pitched).

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