In his first season back from 2015's Tommy John surgery, Zack Wheeler is 1-1 with a 7.45 ERA (3.21 FIP), while striking out eight batters and walking two in 9.2 innings.
Wheeler is scheduled to start tonight against the Phillies, against whom he is 3-1 with a 3.25 ERA in six career starts.
"I haven't pitched in two years, so I am going to get a little tired even though I myself or people don't think I should," Wheeler recently said, according to Puma.
Wheeler (45) pitches during the first inning at Citi Field. Credit: Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
"The body is not used to throwing that many pitches right now, so it's kind of weird when you get to 60 or 70 pitches and you're like, 'Man, I should be good, but my body is a little tired,'" he continued. "Maybe I need to run more or something, but it's not that. It's just that your body is not used to it."
In his last start, also against the Phillies, Wheeler took a shutout into the sixth inning, but was pulled from the game after loading the bases with two outs. Maikel Franco eventually hit a pitch from Hansel Robles for grand slam.
"I think I did well," Wheeler said about his confidence. "I bounced back from my first start and I could throw my off-speed pitches for strikes, command them a little better."