Mets RHP Zack Wheeler struck out four batters in three scoreless innings against the Yankees on Wednesday afternoon in Port St. Lucie, lowering his Spring Training ERA to 1.80.
Wheeler said he felt more comfortable as the start went along.
"Everything's starting to feel a little bit better and a little more natrual," he said.
Wheeler, who threw 49 pitches, allowed four htis and walked none. Of the hits he allowed, one was a bloop, one was a seeing-eye ground ball single, and another was a soft grounder to third base -- which is to say Wheeler looked even better than his line indicates.
His fastball sat between 93 and 96 MPH and touched 97, and Wheeler also featured an impressive curve and slider (which he got two of his strikeouts on).
Wheeler's other two strikeouts came on fastballs looking -- one on the inside corner and the other on the outside corner.
The 27-year-old Wheeler, who is competing for a spot in the rotation, may have a leg up at the moment due to how much Steven Matz has struggled so far this spring. Along with Matz, Wheeler is in competition with Robert Gsellman and Seth Lugo.
Noah Syndergaard, Jacob deGrom, and likely Jason Vargas are locks for the starting rotation. And Matt Harvey is expected to be in the rotation if he's healthy.
Wheeler, who missed all of 2015 and 2016 due to Tommy John surgery and setbacks during the rehab process, struggled with injury and ineffectiveness in 2017.