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Zack Wheeler goes six scoreless innings in MLB debut

Jun 18, 2013, 10:37 PM EDT

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The Zack Wheeler era began on a promising note.

Making his major league debut on Tuesday evening as part of a doubleheader at Atlanta’s Turner Field, the 23-year-old right-hander tossed six scoreless innings, fanning seven Braves batters and allowing just four hits. Wheeler issued a total of five walks and looked a little bit shaky early on, but he settled in quite nicely over the course of his 102 pitches.

The score was tied 0-0 when Wheeler finished pitching after the bottom of the sixth inning, but backup catcher Anthony Recker slugged a two-run homer in the top of the seventh to give the Mets the offensive spark that would lead to a 6-1 victory.

New York also won the first half of Tuesday’s doubleheader — a Matt Harvey outing.

Wheeler will make his second major league start Tuesday night in Chicago against the White Sox. He was acquired from the Giants around the 2011 trade deadline in exchange for outfielder Carlos Beltran.

  1. chill1184 - Jun 18, 2013 at 10:40 PM

    Thank You Sandy, Beltran, Sabean and Astros

    • duckthefodgers - Jun 18, 2013 at 11:40 PM

      Your welcome, consider it a gift for not having a competitive team for the next couple years.

    • fanofevilempire - Jun 19, 2013 at 10:32 AM

      Thank you Omar Minaya for drafting Harvey.

  2. dondada10 - Jun 18, 2013 at 10:43 PM

    Next up, Rafael Montero.

  3. thebadguyswon - Jun 18, 2013 at 10:54 PM

    Now if the Mets could only hit.

  4. scdocal - Jun 18, 2013 at 11:00 PM

    Braves helped him out a lot. Can’t hit with RISP but he definitely has good stuff. I will not be tipping my cap but glad to see a Georgia boy do well

    • tuberippin - Jun 19, 2013 at 12:43 AM

      The Braves’ lineup helps everyone out a lot. That’s why they’re second in the majors in team Ks and team K%, behind only the Astros.

  5. stephenolszewski - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:12 AM

    Harvey and Wheeler will be a nice 1-2 punch if Wheeler lives up to potential, just need to get David Wright some help guy can’t do it by himself

  6. revskip - Jun 19, 2013 at 3:49 AM

    Great. Now if the Mets can just manage to find some guys who can hit the ball and make simple throws to first, or home, or back to first Mets fans will be able to remove our paper bags.

  7. sdelmonte - Jun 19, 2013 at 5:23 AM

    The future begins now.

  8. abty7 - Jun 19, 2013 at 5:53 AM

    Mets system right now is the Ying to the Cubs Yang. Mets still have a solid amount of plus arms down in MiLB even post graduation of Wheeler and eventually later this year Montero- while they do have a few solid positional prospects (d’Arnard is obvious however not the only) it’s a pretty pitching heavy system right now. Conversely, the Cubs have just a sick amount of plus postional prospects (Almora, Baez, Soler, Bryant, Vogelbach, Alcantera, etc.) with a few pitching spects sprinkled in. Wonder if Sandy and Theo/Jed would consider an old school prospect-for-prospect trade this offseason to help balance out both organization- Sydergaard, Tapia and Mazzoni for Junior Lake, Matt Szczur and Dan Vogelbach would be an interesting mix for both teams.

  9. mrznyc - Jun 19, 2013 at 8:16 AM

    Good pitchers, David Wright and I guess Dan Murphy and other than that there are no other every day Major Leaguers on the roster. The Wilpon stewardship has been and continues to be a disaster. Sell, Fred sell.

  10. bravojawja - Jun 19, 2013 at 9:13 AM

    The Braves are often stymied by any new pitcher they see, whether a rookie phenom or a minor league journeyman. It’s like they don’t bother starting a book on a guy until after the first game.

    • fanofevilempire - Jun 19, 2013 at 10:36 AM

      here is the book on Harvey, nasty. lights out, don’t worry you will be seeing some of that
      for the next few years and if Wheeler is the real deal, watch out!

  11. Walk - Jun 19, 2013 at 10:46 AM

    I enjoyed that double header with the mets even though the braves lost both games. Harvey looked good with a fastball that topped out at 100 and was mostly 96-97 and great slider. I did not realize that he had a two seam as well, guess the braves hitters did not know that either from the swings they took. Wheeler had a good fastball mostly around 96 and had good control of it but his secondary pitches need work. I think they are as good a one two punch I have seen since wood and prior.

  12. bbk1000 - Jun 19, 2013 at 3:16 PM

    A hard thrower, wise beyond his years and is serious about his craft and most of all he hates to lose. Could be an all time great.

    Then we have a harder thrower, a bit wild, a bit of a country bumpkin. If he can harness his ability he could be an all time great..

    Is this Seaver and Ryan or Harvey and Wheeler?

    I just hope the Mets don’t repeat mistakes of the past…

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