Mets RHP Zack Wheeler allowed four runs, six hits and two walks in six innings in a no-decision Sunday against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park, settling down after giving up a three-run home run in the third inning.
Wheeler remained winless since April 29 after New York's bullpen blew a 6-4 lead but threw six complete innings for the fourth time in his last five outings. He went 0-3 with a 6.43 ERA in five starts in May, as the Mets have lost all five outings.
Since his last win April 29, Wheeler is 0-3 with a 6.43 ERA. And since April 24, he is 1-3 with a 6.32 ERA. And since their 11-1 start, the Mets have gone 14-23. In May, they've lost 15 of 22 games.
"Some things just aren't going our way," Wheeler told reporters after the game. "Sometimes the pitching's there and the hitting's not, and sometimes the hitting's there and the pitching's not. Once we all get on the same path, I think we'll take off, and we'll just look back and sort of laugh about this little stretch. We're a better team than how we're playing right now, and I think all of us know that."
Wheeler ran into trouble in the first inning when Jesus Aguilar hit an RBI single to put the Mets down 1-0 and set the Brewers up with two runners on before they recorded an out, but Wheeler retired the next three hitters.
He wasn't as fortunate in the third inning. After a walk and an infield single, Aguilar hit a 2-2 fastball over the left-field fence for a three-run home run.
"It was a decent pitch, but I think he made the adjustment because we threw in two or three fastballs and he took a step off the plate," Wheeler said. "Got to give credit to him, because we didn't pick that up in time, that he backed off the plate, and he made me pay for it."
After walking the next batter, Wheeler retired 11 of the last 13 batters he faced. The 110 pitches he threw were the most he's thrown in a game since Sept. 1, 2014.