Zack Wheeler Struggles in St. Lucie Debut
Last night’s pitching debut by Zack Wheeler as a minor leauge Met didn’t go as smoothly as the young pitcher might have wanted it to. Wheeler allowed four runs on seven hits in four innings, striking out four and walking none in a rain-shortened 9-1 loss to the Dunedin Blue Jays.
Coming off a highly anticipated trade from the San Francisco Giants to New York for outfielder Carlos Beltran, some wondered if Wheeler just was experiencing jitters.
He told the NY Post after the game,
“I felt good. There really wasn’t that much pressure going into it. It hasn’t really been stressful, but I came out a little tight.”
Wheeler hit 99 mph on the radar gun three times and threw 54 out of 82 pitches for strikes.
Prior to the trade, Wheeler made an adjustment to his mechanics.
“I’m back to what I was doing in high school — a high leg kick and high hands in my windup,” he said. “Before, the Giants tried to settle me down a little bit, and I guess settle down my motion.
“But I felt like I was counting . . . I was just thinking way too much. I had too much time, and it wasn’t really flowing. I just feel more comfortable now.”