Mets RHP Zack Wheeler entered Wednesday having won five straight starts. And with a healthy lead, that number can be pushed to six after another good outing.
Wheeler only tossed five innings due to a 95 pitch count, but he allowed just one run on five hits while striking out three and walking two.
In the beginning, Wheeler didn't breeze through his first batters the way he has recently. Instead, Adam Jones hit a single to center to score Jonathan Villar, who got on base with a single himself to kick off the bottom of the first.
In the second, Wheeler managed to work out of a one-out double to keep the lead at 2-1 in favor of the away team. And he was even better with a 1-2-3 third inning.
The Mets' offense would add two more in the fourth, and that lead wouldn't be let up by Wheeler. He didn't face any danger in the fourth and fifth innings, and exited with a win under his belt.
It wasn't the way Wheeler drew it up, admitting he didn't really have a feel for his command like he has had recently.
"I don't know to be honest with you," Wheeler said when asked how he got through his start. "I felt terrible command-wise today just with everything. So it was a battle. I got through five so I was happy with that…"
Manager Mickey Callaway also noticed Wheeler struggling with command, especially when it came to his slider that saw more dirt than the back of Kevin Plawecki's catcher's mitt.
"He wasn't getting his slider to look like a strike very much," he said. "It was just kinda yanked into the dirt. But he survived and that's what really good pitchers do."
It may have been a dud in his eyes, but Wheeler knows what will help next time out.
"Concentrate on my next bullpen, really get myself back to where I need to be," he said.
Even in his bad outings, Wheeler has managed to give the Mets a great chance when he's out on the mound. In his past six starts. he has a 2.04 ERA and 0.93 WHIP.