Games 88: Pitcher & Position Player of The Game: Wheeler’s Giant Day

Wheeler has best start of his young career vs his former organization in San Francisco.

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Game 88: Zack Wheeler

When Mets fans kept hearing from prospect gurus what Wheeler can be, this was the type of start that came to mind. The rookie went seven innings, allowing 1 run on 3 hits and 3 walks. He also struck out five Giants.  The seven innings was the longest outing in his five starts, to the great relief of an overtaxed Mets bullpen. The three hits represents the fewest amount of hits he has given up.

What set apart this start from the others was his control and the fact that he was able to get the Giants hitters to make weak contact. His three walks came in three seperate innings, 2 of which came to Brandon Belt and one to Sandoval, so it might have been a case of pitching more carefully to the power threats. He had command of his fastball and threw a very nice curveball that struck out at least two Giants.

Wheeler will now have a long break before his next start with the All-Star game coming up, and will be interesting to see how he handles the layoff.

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Game 88: Marlon Byrd

The Mets offense had a big day for Zack Wheeler. They chased Matt Cain out with a three-run first inning, and Byrd put the game away in the fifth with a big two run home run. Honorable mention goes to Murphy who scored once and drove in two, and Buck who did the same.

Oh yeah, and Zack Wheeler had his first career RBI with a double.

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Pitcher of the Game Scoreboard:

Matt Harvey: 16

Jeremy Hefner: 13

Jonathan Niese: 9

Dillon Gee: 9

Shaun Marcum: 6

Bobby Parnell: 5

Greg Burke: 4

David AArdsma:3

Scott Atchinson: 3

LaTroy Hawkins: 3

Brandon Lyon: 3

Scott Rice: 3

Zack Wheeler: 3

Josh Edgin: 2

Jeurys Familia: 2

Carlos Torres: 2

Rob Carson: 1

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Position Player of the Game Scoreboard:

David Wright: 15

Marlon Byrd: 11

Daniel Murphy: 10

John Buck: 9

Kirk Nieuwenhuis: 5

Ike Davis: 4

Lucas Duda: 4

Josh Satin: 4

Reuben Tejada: 4

Juan Lagares: 3

Omar Quintanilla: 3

Anthony Recker: 3

Rick Ankiel: 2

Mike Baxter: 2

Colin Cowgill: 2

Justin Turner: 2

Jordany Valdespin: 2

Andrew Brown: 1

Eric Young Jr.: 1

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Special Thanks to Sean Engel for the Kiner’s Korner Pitcher and Position Player of the Game graphics. You can follow him on twitter with the handle @SeanEngel05

Posted by Robert Z

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