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Wheeler, deGrom Rebound with Great Outings in Miami

by Guy Kipp | Posted on Monday, June 23rd, 2014

A year after being called up to the major leagues, Zack Wheeler was struggling more than ever through the first half of June.

And a month after making his major league debut, Jacob deGrom was undoing his impressive May outings with a series of very unimpressive performances in June.

But both Wheeler and deGrom righted the ship in a big way with dominant performances over the weekend in Miami, where the Mets took three of four games from the Marlins.

On Thursday, Wheeler—a year and a day after making his major league debut in Atlanta—was given one run to work with in the top of the first and made it stand up with a complete-game shutout, pitching a three-hitter with eight strikeouts and one walk, which brought his ERA below 4 to settle at 3.93 after the shutout.

Zack Wheeler Photo Credit: newyorkmetsreport.com

Zack Wheeler
Photo Credit: newyorkmetsreport.com

Wheeler threw 111 pitches, and 70 of them were strikes. It was the Mets’ first complete game of the season, and, given his penchant for running deep counts and hitting trouble in middle innings, Wheeler certainly didn’t figure to be the candidate to pull that off—even if he probably does have the best stuff of any Mets starter on the active roster.

deGrom was also part of a shutout effort two days later, when the Mets beat the Marlins, 4-0. The rookie righty went seven innings, gave up five hits and three walks and struck out seven. deGrom, finally earning his first major league victory, despite deserving a better fate in each of his first three outings in May, threw 97 pitches, 63 of them for strikes.

Jacob deGrom Photo Credit: Mike Stobe

Jacob deGrom
Photo Credit: Mike Stobe

Before deGrom (1-4, 3.75) beat Miami on Saturday, there was growing chatter that he may be reassigned not to the minors, but to the bullpen when Dillon Gee returns from his shoulder blade injury, hopefully early in July.

That may still be the plan, but more performances going deep into games the way he did over the weekend will certainly help deGrom’s case to remain right where he is in the Mets’ solid rotation.

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