NOTE: Today’s posting has to be in the form of a Quick Hitter: I’m in the midst of a move and they’re coming to take my computer away in a matter of minutes. Thanks for your understanding.
Once the Mets finally got to play last night — five-and-a-half hours after they were supposed to — Zack Wheeler‘s talents got to go on full display for anyone who was still watching. He struck out seven over eight innings, didn’t allow a run and threw a mere 89 pitches. “I really would have liked to finish it, but I was tired. After throwing only 88 innings, or whatever it was last year, it would be kinda smart just to let somebody else get the ninth. Like I said, I really wanted to go back out there but I didn’t want to push it too much,” he said after the game. After all, he’d been at the park about twelve hours by that time, so it makes some sense.
I think he gets it, now.
His first couple of years were the direct opposite of what happened last night: in, say, 2014, he’d throw 89 pitches in the first four innings. He’s always had a huge arm; it looks like he’s finally got it harnessed. The Mets will get themselves a new GM shortly. That person’s very first order of business should be to gauge the level of interest in Wheeler’s talents outside the organization. If Wheeler can be moved for as big a prospect haul as we’ve seen other teams take in, it should be done. Yes, I know, we can get all starry-eyed about the monster pitching staff “we” can have next year and all, but we had it this year and look where “we” are. No, the farm needs restocking and Wheeler should be the fulcrum of that task: his value is as high as it’s ever been.
It’s been fun to watch, but we might have to say goodbye.