Showing posts with label Zach Wheeler. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Zach Wheeler. Show all posts

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Preview: Game 3 - Nationals at Mets - (Updated) Tanner Roark vs Zach Wheeler

Preview: Game 3
Nationals (2-0) at Mets (0-2)
Pitching Probables - Jordan Zimmermann Tanner Roark vs Zack Wheeler
Game Time - 1:10PM


The New York Mets are still looking for their first elusive win vs the Washington Nationals. The Mets will have Zach Wheeler on the hill. The Nationals team is hitting .267 with 3 HR's and 7 RBI's off Wheeler.

Denard Span is batting .500, Jayson Werth is batting .286, Anthony Rendon is batting .286, and Ian Desmond is batting .375 off Wheeler.

The Mets were supposed to face Jordan Zimmermann, but he has been scratched. The Mets were batting .255 vs Zimmermann with  7 HR's and 22 RBI's.


The Nationals must not of liked the current matchup, so they will go with Tanner Roark instead of Jordan Zimmermann. The Mets are batting .250 off Roark.

Most notables - Daniel Murphy batting .400, Anthony Recker .500, and Eric Young Jr. is batting .500 vs Roark.


Batter/Pitcher Stats:

Monday, September 23, 2013

Mets News: No Timetable for Harvey's Throwing Program, Wheeler Shut Down till Christmas

Mets News: 

According to multiple reports, Mets GM Sandy Alderson said that there is no clear-cut target date for Harvey to start his throwing program, but said the right-hander is already in the six-to-eight week window Harvey has to prove he can move forward without completing the procedure.

As for what Harvey has to do to convince the Mets and doctors he does not need the surgery, Alderson said the 24-year-old “needs to throw to a near competitive level pain-free and perhaps on more than one occasion.”

Where Harvey would do that remains unknown.

“I don’t know the exact answer, but possibilities would include the Arizona Fall League for a start or two,” Alderson said. “Going elsewhere for a start or two. Trying to replicate competitive conditions as closely as possible.”

Matt Harvey has not yet begun a throwing program as he attempts to avoid Tommy John surgery for the partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow.

A doctor examined Zack Wheeler’s right shoulder after the rookie complained of stiffness last week, but an MRI was ruled unnecessary, Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said Monday.

Nevertheless, Wheeler was shut down for the season as a precautionary measure with an innings limit drawing near. He was scheduled to pitch Monday against the Reds, which would have likely been his final start regardless. He completed his season with 168 2/3 innings pitched between the majors and Triple-A -- 100 of which came in the majors. The Mets had indicated his limit would be around 180 innings.

Wheeler told The Star-Ledger he won’t resume throwing until around Christmas time, as he usually does every offseason.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Mets News: Zach Wheeler shut down for rest of year as precaution

Mets News:

Zack Wheeler experienced stiffness in his pitching shoulder during his last start, so Mets officials have decided to shut down the rookie for the season.

Terry Collins said the Mets do not believe there is anything medically wrong with Wheeler. They simply believe the stiffness cropped up because he is roughly 20 innings over his 2012 total.

Rather than let Wheeler proceed with one to two more starts, the Mets decided to end Wheeler's season. Wheeler wanted to proceed with a bullpen session in Philadelphia on Saturday in preparation for his originally scheduled start Monday in Cincinnati, but GM Sandy Alderson and Collins did not grant permission, according to the manager.

Wheeler said he is not scheduled for any MRIs or exams with doctors. He will just get regular treatment from team trainers.

Wheeler finished his rookie season 7-5 with a 3.42 ERA in 17 major league starts. He allowed 90 hits and walked 46 while striking out 84 in 100 innings.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Mets News and Notes: Turner, Wright, Parnell, Wheeler, Quintanilla/Tovar Platoon

Mets News and Notes:

  • Mets injured infielder Justin Turner has not appeared in a game since Sept. 10 because of a Grade 1 right hamstring strain.
  • When Turner returns is the Question?
  • Turner said that's in the hands of the trainers at this point, but returning this weekend in Philadelphia is not out of the question. He did full baseball activities pregame Thursday, although he only ran at what he estimated was 75 or 80 percent.
  • Terry Collins said before Thursday's 2-1 loss to the San Francisco Giants that it was likely Wright will be in the lineup in Philadelphia for the series opener.
  • Wright has not appeared in a major league game since suffering a Grade 2 hamstring strain on Aug. 2.
  • David Wright told he will wait until Friday to confer with Terry Collins and team trainers and get the go-ahead to play in the series opener at Citizens Bank Park.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Mets News: Wheeler to pitch Thursday, Mejia to go Friday in double dip

Mets News:

Zack Wheeler will take his regular turn in the Mets' rotation Thursday, and Jenrry Mejia will start one of the Mets' two games on Friday in Washington, D.C. against the Nationals.

Wheeler developed a blister on one of the fingers on his pitching hand during his last start, manager Terry Collins revealed Tuesday. But Wheeler threw a bullpen session before Tuesday's game, and he is ready to go in Thursday's series finale against the Braves.

"It’s cleaned up today, looks great, so we’re not gonna skip him," Collins said.

Wheeler lasted just 4 2/3 innings on Saturday against the Phillies, needing 106 pitches just to get that far. Collins said Wheeler didn't have the blister at the start of the game, but developed it along the way.

As for Mejia, he will be called up from Double-A Binghamton and "most likely" will start the first game of Friday's doubleheader, with Matt Harvey starting the other game.

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Mets Fans Get Ready for Zach Wheeler's debut at Citi-Field on Sunday

Mets Fans ...... You will finally get to welcome Zack Wheeler to Flushing......

The Mets' top prospect will make his Citi Field debut Sunday against the Nationals. Wheeler has made his first two starts on the road and is 1-0 with a 3.18 ERA.

"It's a great day for our fans," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "The future is right around the corner. Matt Harvey may be the leader of that future, but certainly Zack Wheeler is right up there with it."

The Mets had originally planned call up Wheeler for the home series against Chicago from June 14-16, but it was pushed back to the following series against the Braves in Atlanta.

"It's going to be one of the most enjoyable, memorable times for anybody making their home debut, especially as highly touted as Zack," Mets third baseman David Wright said. "Best advice is just enjoy it because it only happens once. Don't go out and try to do too much. Don't try to go out and impress. Do what's got you to this point, and he obviously knows what he's doing."

2013 23 NYM 1 0 3.18 2 0 0 0 11.1 8 4 8 8
1 Yr 1 0 3.18 2 0 0 0 11.1 8 4 8 8
162 Game Avg. 17 0 3.18 34 0 0 0 192 136 68 136 136
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Generated 6/30/2013.

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Mets News: Wheeler working on Not to Tip his Pitches

Mets News:

As Zack Wheeler aims to eliminate the tipping of pitches that the Mets believe contributed to his shaky start in his last outing, Collins said the youngster doesn't have that much work to do.

Wheeler gave up four runs in a 5 1/3 innings against the White Sox on June 25.

"If he needs that much work, he shouldn't be here," Collins said.

Collins said one of the main areas of focus with Wheeler is working on a consistent delivery.

"So if there is any, perhaps, evidence of tipping his pitches, that can be taken aside by making sure that there's no difference in where his arm angle is," Collins said.

Check Out Fangraphs analysis on Wheeler , and how he tipping his pitches...

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Mets News: Wheeler Tipping his Curve?

Mets News:

Terry Collins said he received roughly 10 text messages and emails from people in the business that Zack Wheeler was tipping his breaking balls during Tuesday's game against the Chicago White Sox.

Collins said the Mets spotted the same thing during the game, as well as to an extent in Wheeler's first outing, when he nonetheless tossed six scoreless innings at Atlanta.

Collins and pitching coach Dan Warthen did not want to put too much in Wheeler's head during Tuesday's start, so they mostly left it alone in game. But Warthen will work extensively with Wheeler on that issue when the rookie throws a bullpen session Thursday in Denver in preparation for Sunday's home debut against the Washington Nationals.

Collins normally would avoid publicly discussing the issue, but the manager said it was so obvious in Wheeler's case because the rookie had different arm speeds for different pitches that it already is widely known.

Wheeler surrendered four runs in 5 1/3 innings against the White Sox.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Mets News: Burke to Triple-A, Wheeler officially back up with Mets

Mets News:

The Mets have demoted Greg Burke to Triple-A Las Vegas to clear the roster spot for the return of Zack Wheeler.

Burke had joined the Mets on Friday in Philadelphia when Jonathon Niese landed on the disabled list. He made one appearance against the Phillies and was charged with an unearned run because of John Buck's throwing error on an attempted steal.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Mets News and Notes: Niese hits the DL, Zach Attack at Citi, Mets looking to trade Cowgill, d'Arnaud running in rehab pool

Mets News and Notes:

Leading off:  Jonathon Niese has been diagnosed with a partially torn rotator cuff, although surgery is not immediately being recommended, assistant general manager John Ricco said.

The diagnosis came after Niese was examined by team doctor David Altchek on Friday at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan. The southpaw landed on the disabled list Friday.

The Mets called up submariner Greg Burke to take Niese's roster spot.

Ricco said Niese will rest and undergo physical therapy for the next two weeks, after which he will have another MRI and revisit Altchek.

"Hopefully it will start healing itself and he won't need surgery," Ricco said. "But we'll know more after a couple of weeks of rest. According to the doctors, it's a small enough tear that with rest ... they're hopeful it won't need surgery. It's not 'full thickness' or a significant tear at this point."

Niese had been battling what the team labeled as shoulder tendinitis for several weeks, even missing a start while avoiding the disabled list. But Ricco said the partial rotator cuff tear is a new injury that did not appear on an MRI at that time.

With the Mets' rotation now back to five starters, there is more clarity about when Zack Wheeler will pitch.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Zach Wheeler's three nasty pitches

In Zach Wheeler's Mets Debut, he used four different pitches...but three of them seem to be his primary pitches.. He used his fastball 70% of the time, while using his slider 17%, and curve 12%... His changeup was only used 2%.

Carson Cistulli of Fangraphs outlines his three primary nasty pitches:

Wheeler’s fastball was his most effective pitch against Atlanta. Of the 14 swinging strikes generated by Wheeler on Tuesday, 12 of those were by way of the fastball. Here’s one of them, to Brian McCann for a strikeout in the second inning.

Wheeler’s other two swinging strikes were recorded by way of the slider. Here’s one of those — in this case, one with less than horizontal movement than one might expect — to Dan Uggla for a strikeout in the sixth inning.

 Wheeler’s curveball wasn’t particularly helpful for him on Tuesday — or, at least not in terms of results. He threw just four of his 12 curves for strikes — three called and one fly ball for an out. Here’s one of those called strikes, from the same Dan Uggla at-bat as above

Video: Zach Wheeler gets showered with beer from teammates

Zach Wheeler gets showered with beer from teammates

Friday, June 14, 2013

Mets Minor League Roundup 6/13: Wheeler pitches his final Triple-A Start, Boyd goes 4 for 4 for Savannah in win

Mets Minor League Roundup 6/13:

AAA - TACOMA 11, LAS VEGAS 0: Zack Wheeler allowed a one-out solo homer to Carlos Peguero in the fifth but no other hits in his final Triple-A start. Wheeler was pulled at 85 pitches after issuing a two-out walk in the sixth. His final line: 5.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2, BB, 7 K. He finished his Pacific Coast League career with a 3.93 ERA. Wheeler likely will pitch the evening game Tuesday in Atlanta, with Matt Harvey handling the matinee. In his Triple-A debut, left-hander Jack Leathersich inherited a baserunner from Wheeler and struck out Brad Miller, the first Pacific Coast League batter he faced. Leathersich has struck out 195 batters in 115 professional innings. Leathersich ended up getting charged with a seventh-inning run when he departed with a runner on third and two outs and Gonzalez Germen ultimately surrendered a two-run double in what became a three-run frame. Germen then surrendered four homers in the eighth. Ike Davis went 0-for-3. Box


A - ST. LUCIE 5, CLEARWATER 4: T.J. Rivera's two-out, go-ahead RBI single in the top of the ninth lifted the Mets (34-30) to the victory. Rivera lined a single to right to score Gilbert Gomez. The Threshers had runners at second and third with one out in the bottom half. Chasen Bradford then struck out Aaron Altherr for the second out. T.J. Chism picked up the save, retiring Chris Serritella on a groundout. Jonathan Clark and Dustin Lawley each had RBI doubles and Dimas Ponce added an RBI single. Domingo Tapia allowed two runs on five hits and five walks in four innings. Angel Cuan also allowed two runs in four innings and picked up his sixth win. The Florida State League All-Star Game will be held in Dunedin, Fla., on Saturday. The Mets return to action on Monday. Box

A - SAVANNAH 9, GREENVILLE 4: Jayce Boyd finished 4-for-4 with a triple, homer and walk Boyd as the Gnats (40-26) opened a 1½-game lead over Charleston with three to play in the first half. Eudy Pina doubled and scored the game's opening run in the first on Maikis De La Cruz's sacrifice fly. In the third, Boyd lined a three-run homer -- his fourth long ball of the season -- for a 4-0 lead. Savannah starter Jake Kuebler retired the first 13 batters he faced, nine on groundouts, before a bouncer off his glove in the fifth resulted in Greenville's first hit. Kuebler tossed five scoreless innings, allowing two hits en route to his second win this season. The Gnats added a run in the fifth on De La Cruz's RBI single. The Drive cut Savannah's lead to 5-3 with a three-run sixth against reliever Marcos Camerena. In the seventh inning, Boyd tripled and scored on Cole Frenzel's single to put the Gnats up, 6-3. Greenville put the tying runs on base in the top of the eighth against reliever Beck Wheeler, but settled for one run on a sacrifice fly. Savannah posted three runs in the bottom half, highlighted by Brandon Nimmo's RBI triple. Box

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Mets News: Scott Atchison could join Mets by weekend, Wheeler will be capped at 85 pitches tonight in AAA

Mets News:

Reliever Scott Atchison, who began the Double-A Binghamton portion of his rehab tour on Wednesday night, could rejoin the Mets by the weekend.

Terry Collins said the final hurdle for Atchison will be pitching back-to-back days, which could be achieved tonight, weather-permitting, when the B-Mets play at Trenton. Atchison tossed a 1-2-3 inning with two strikeouts last night against the Yankees' Double-A affiliate.

He has been on the disabled list since experiencing finger numbness during a May 13 appearance at St. Louis.

Atchison experienced more numbness during a rehab appearance with Class A St. Lucie on May 25, prompting him to get opinions from Mets doctors as well as Dr. James Andrews. Neither recommended surgery, according to the Mets, who describe Atchison's numbness as the result of elbow inflammation pressing on a nerve.

Terry Collins indicated that Zack Wheeler likely would be capped at 85 pitches in his final Triple-A start, which comes at 10:05 p.m. ET on Thursday in Las Vegas against Tacoma, the top affiliate of the Seattle Mariners.

"That way we know he's thrown enough, but not overdone it," Collins said.

Wheeler will be pitching with an extra day of rest tonight. The Mets preferred that to Wheeler having pitched yesterday and then going into Tuesday's major league debut in Atlanta with the extra day. Hard-throwing pitchers can have too much extra strength with additional rest and lose some control.

Mets News: Mets to go to six man rotation when Wheeler arrives

Mets News:

The Mets will likely use a six-man rotation for one turn when Zack Wheeler arrives, according to manager Terry Collins. Wheeler is expected to make his debut during the night game of the doubleheader against Atlanta on June 18.

"What we're going to do most likely, when Zack comes, we'll go with an extra starting pitcher for a turn so that everybody can stay in line," Collins said Wednesday. "We'll see how those games come out, if somebody happens to be overworked or someone has a short outing, maybe he can come back earlier. Certainly we have no intentions of jerking anybody out at this time."

The two likely candidates to be removed from the rotation are Jeremy Hefner and Wednesday's starter, Dillon Gee. Jon Niese and Shaun Marcum both appear safe, while Matt Harvey has been one of the best pitchers in baseball this season.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Mets News: Wheeler debut, Murphy at 1B, d'Arnaud sheds boot, Cowgill backup OF, Core Players

Mets News:

Sandy Alderson  acknowledged Zack Wheeler will make his major league debut during the June 18 doubleheader against the Atlanta Braves, 30 miles from his Dallas, Ga., hometown.

Collins indicated on Sunday that Matt Harvey would get the night game of that split doubleheader.

Daniel Murphy appears the primary candidate to play first base with Ike Davis at Las Vegas. That will allow the Mets to get at least a short-term look at Jordany Valdespin at second base. Josh Satin should also get limited time at first base. Alderson confirmed Lucas Duda moving from left field is a distant third in the way of options.

Murphy has started 150 major league games at first base.

Travis d'Arnaud, recovering from a broken left foot, has shed his boot. But d'Arnaud will not be allowed to run for two more weeks. Alderson implied d'Arnaud "certainly" would get a call-up for September, but did not strongly indicate he would reach the Mets before rosters expand.

Collin Cowgill, while getting a promotion, will not be a primary outfielder. The Mets would have liked to promote a lefty bat, but had none available at Triple-A. The Mets also were averse to promoting righty-hitting Andrew Brown because he just returned Friday from an oblique injury.

Writes columnist John Harper in the Daily News about Alderson’s analysis of his players:

Most noteworthy, Alderson said he doesn’t consider either Ruben Tejada or Lucas Duda to be “core’’ players around which to build. On the other hand he does think of Ike Davis that way -- of course, that’s assuming someone can eliminate all the herky-jerky hand movement in a swing that has now landed the first baseman in Triple-A Las Vegas.

So let’s see: that leaves Wright at third base, maybe Daniel Murphy at second, though Alderson wasn’t asked specifically about him as a core player. And for that matter, the GM indicated he’d like to see Murphy take over temporarily for Davis at first base so the Mets can evaluate whether Jordany Valdespin has a future at second base.

Saturday, June 08, 2013

Mets Minor League Roundup 6/7: The wheels come off in the fifth for Zach Wheeler

Mets Minor League Roundup 6/7:

LAS VEGAS 12, TACOMA 5: In what could be Zack Wheeler's final Triple-A start, the Mets' top pitching prospect gave up four runs in 4 2/3 innings. Wheeler cruised early but fell apart in the fifth, allowing three runs to score before being pulled. Box.

BINGHAMTON 3, ALTOONA 2: Logan Verrett battled through six innings and Wilfredo Tovar provided an offensive spark from the bottom of the batting order as the Binghamton Mets defeated the Altoona Curve, 3-2, Friday night. Verrett collected his league-leading seventh victory. The B-Mets grabbed the lead in the third on an RBI groundout by Danny Muno. Altoona struck back in the fourth to take the lead.The B-Mets offered an immediate rebuttal in the fifth. Muno tied the game with double and scored the go-ahead run when Cesar Puello singled. Jeff Walters used a pair of strikeouts to side-step a leadoff single in the ninth for his league-leading 14th save. Verrett (7-2) allowed two runs while scattering nine hits over six innings of work. Box.

SAVANNAH 6, ROME 4: Savannah jumped out to an early lead en route to a 6-4 win. They led 5-0 after two thanks to RBIs from Maikis De La Cruz, Brandon Nimmo and Jayce Boyd. Matthew Koch pitched five innings of three-run ball to pick up the win and improve to 4-2. Bret Mitchell recorded his 10th save. Box.

ST. LUCIE VS. JUPITER: (postponed)

Friday, June 07, 2013

Mets News: Wheeler could be promoted next weekend against Cubs at Citi Field

Mets News:

The Mets are eying next weekend’s series against the Chicago Cubs at Citi Field, and specifically next Friday’s series opener, for Zack Wheeler to make his major league debut, a baseball source told

The date is not set in stone because of factors such as potential rainouts in the interim, but is tentatively set.

Wheeler is due to make what his likely his final start with Triple-A Las Vegas tonight at Tacoma.

Jay Horwitz, the team’s vice president for media relations, flew to the West Coast during Monday’s Mets off-day to prep Wheeler for dealing with the New York media.

Wheeler, 23, is 4-1 with a 3.86 ERA in 11 Pacific Coast League starts.

The Mets have been waiting until after the “Super 2” deadline to promote Wheeler. By ensuring he is not in the first portion of MLB prospects called up this season, the Mets can delay Wheeler’s arbitration eligibility by a year, until after the 2016 season. Either way at this point, Wheeler would not be eligible for free agency until after the ’19 season.

Sunday, June 02, 2013

Mets Minor League Roundup 6/1: Wheeler goes six in win, Montero goes seven in shutout

Mets Minor League Roundup 6/1:

AAA - LAS VEGAS 2, FRESNO 1: Zack Wheeler limited Fresno to one run on three hits and a walk while striking out six in six innings. He threw 95 pitches (62 strikes). Wheeler doubled off the outfield wall and scored on Kirk Nieuwenhuis' fifth homer in his past nine games to give Las Vegas a 2-1 lead in the third. Wilmer Flores was limited to coaching first base a day after being struck in the hand with a pitch, which caused inflammation. X-rays were not required. Box

AA - BINGHAMTON 6, NEW HAMPSHIRE 0: Rafael Montero fired seven scoreless innings and the B-Mets collected a season-high 15 hits. The victory, their third shutout of the season, lifted the B-Mets (32-24) into sole possession of first place in the Eastern Division. Montero has not allowed a run with the B-Mets in his last 16 2/3 innings. Facing New Hampshire starter Ryan Tepera for the third time this season, the B-Mets jumped on the righty early. Danny Muno broke a slump of 24 straight hitless at-bats with a leadoff single in the second. Cory Vaughn plated him with a double. Muno, whose three-hit game was his third of the season and first since May 13, contributed again in the second. With Wilfredo Tovar aboard on a throwing error by third baseman Kevin Ahrens, Muno homered for a 3-0 lead. The run support was more than enough for Montero (6-3), who put together his second straight scoreless performance. The righty effortlessly shut down the Fisher Cats over seven scorelesss frames. He surrendered five singles, walked one batter and struck out four in his longest outing as a B-Met. The Fisher Cats put two aboard and threatened in the first, but Montero induced Kevin Nolan to fly out to begin a stretch of 10 straight retired batters. Chase Huchingson took over in the eighth and posted two scoreless innings. Vaughn had a solo homer in the eighth. Box

A - CHARLOTTE 2, ST. LUCIE 1 (7 innings)
Willie Argo hit a tiebreaking double in the sixth against reliever T.J. Chism as the Stone Crabs defeated the Mets (29-23) in seven innings in Game 1 of a doubleheader. The nightcap was postponed due to rain. The teams will play a doubleheader on Sunday, with two seven-inning games beginning at 3 p.m. Charley Thurber hit a solo homer in the second inning to give the Mets a 1-0 lead. The Stone Crabs tied the score in the fifth when Ryan Brett ripped a solo homer against starter Domingo Tapia. Tapia allowed one run over five innings while striking out four and walking one. The Mets had runners at first and second in the seventh, but Nate Garcia struck out Gilbert Gomez looking to end the game. Angel Cuan is scheduled to pitch Game 1, with Matt Bowman on the mound for the Mets in the second game Sunday. Box

A - SAVANNAH 5, KANNAPOLIS 0: Luis Cessa went 7 2/3 innings, striking out 10, walking none and allowing two hits. He combined with Tim Peterson and Tyler Vanderheiden on a five-hit shutout. Savannah (33-22) took a 1-0 lead in the second when Cole Frenzel's double plated Kevin Plawecki. The Gnats tacked on three more runs in the third, highlighted by Brandon Nimmo's RBI double. Yucarybert De La Cruz and Nimmo scored on wild pitches during the inning. Box
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