PHILADELPHIA – As long as Zach Wheeler fits the market he could enjoy. However, even after neutralizing one of the best delinquencies in the industry, and even after his former employers ended up in the junkyards, the right-hander passed the bragging opportunity with more discretion than the Metz showed when they passed it over the winter.
With the backing of a bat attack by his teammates A.A. Happ, Wheeler stopped the Yankees' seven-game winning streak with a strong six-inning effort on Wednesday, leading his Phillies to 11-7 wins in the starting game Citizens Bank Park double header. The $ 118 million man won both of his 2020 starts and earned a 2.08 ERA.
“My goal during the downtime was to be ready – seven, eight innings, whatever it was,” Wheeler said later. "Don't quite lag behind."
He's way ahead with six shots and a couple of moves against two outs as the Yankees took three runs, two earned, against him. Most impressively, he escaped the base-laden off-road, one of which was created by Gene Segura's outfield error at a short stop, prompting Gleyber Torres to hit a double play and knock out Mike Ford in a pop-up window. third baseman Phil Gosselin.
Wheeler emphasized that he would be perfectly happy to play a full game while respecting Joe Girardi's decision to raise him by eight points – a perfectly reasonable call when the Yankees had four points and forced Girardi to call. closer Hector Neris.
Wheeler took sixth overall from the Giants in 2009. Wheeler, of course, grew up at the Met after they traded Carlos Beltran for him in 2011 and saw his hard work pay off last winter thanks to the Phillies' commitment. At the time, Mets CEO Brody Van Wagenen said, "The predictions that Zach and I had – both short-term and long-term – didn't quite match the market he could enjoy."
Metz Van Wagenen, meanwhile, has 5-8 records in totalTheir overwhelming significant weakness.
When asked by the Post if he had followed his former team, Wheeler replied, "No."
However, Mets fans are sure to follow him, wondering if he will continue to respect a market that Mets won't shop in.