Mets RHP Zack Wheeler improved to 9-1 in the second half by pitching seven strong innings in Monday's 9-4 win over the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.
Wheeler (12-7) struck out four batters and allowed four runs, three hits and three walks in what could have been his final start of the season.
Manager Mickey Callaway said it's possible the team will shut Wheeler down for the rest of the season given his 182 1/3 innings he's logged this year are nearly 100 more than he threw last year and are his most in a season since 2014.
Though Wheeler said he would let Callaway and the rest of the team make that determination when they meet Tuesday, he said after the game he felt good physically.
Wheeler has turned his season around in the second half. While he went 3-6 with a 4.44 ERA in 18 starts heading into the All-Star break, he is 9-1 with a 1.68 ERA in 11 starts since. His season ERA in that span has dropped more than a full run, now down to 3.31.
He started strong Monday, taking a no-hitter into the fifth inning before he ran into trouble by loading the bases with one out and giving up a three-run triple to J.P. Crawford. He later allowed a sac fly to Cesar Hernandez that tied the game at 4 and pitched into and out of a two-on, one-out jam in the sixth.