In 1.2 innings, Wheeler managed to hit two batters, walk two and give up six runs on two hits. His overall ERA was a whopping 32.40.
The 6-foot-4, 195-pound pitcher’s fastball command was off, but he was able to throw more strikes than balls (13:10 ratio).
Regardless of the numbers, the Mets should not be concerned yet about Wheeler, who’s projected to pitch second in the rotation.
Last year it took the 24-year-old the first half of his rookie season to get into his groove.
The right-hander started last season at 3-8 with a 4.45 ERA. From June 30 to Aug. 20, Wheeler went 10 straight starts without a loss and finished his last 16 games of the season at 8-3 with an impressive 2.71 ERA.
Unlike his rookie year, Wheeler is not fighting for a spot in the rotation. A disappointing March probably would not cost him his spot in the starting rotation just yet.
Mets owner Fred Wilpon paid a visit to manager Terry Collins after the blowout loss to the Marlins. According to the New York Times, Collins said the two discussed the team’s left-handed relievers and high walk total so far this spring training.
There shouldn’t be anything abnormal about this. The owner hasn’t produced a winning team since 2008. This season, if the team can stay healthy, the Mets have a real chance at a Wild Card run.
Where the Mets fall in 2015 could impact on Collins’ future with the organization since he’s entering the last season of his contract.
The Mets are 3-5 right now in Spring Training, but the team’s record should not be a red flag.
On average, pitchers don’t pitch more than two innings and the rest of the team won’t play more than four or five innings to start off the spring.
Instead, the team should worry about their pitching and their inconsistency to throw across the plate. Once the regular season picks up, too many walks will be the cause of the Mets’ downfall.