Zack Wheeler gave up just one run and four hits in five innings Tuesday against the Phillies.
Wheeler (1-1, 5.52 ERA) threw 99 pitches and struck out seven batters in his third start of the season, which ended in a no-decision after the game went into extra innings.
"He is a guy that throws a lot of pitches," Mets manager Terry Collins said after the game. "We certainly hope that as we get into the warmer months and warmer days (that) he goes deeper into games because you can't keep using your bullpen."
Wheeler (45) pitches during the first inning at Citi Field. Credit: Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
Wheeler, 26, missed all of 2015 and 2016 after undergoing Tommy John surgery on his pitching elbow and dealing with subsequent setbacks last season during his rehab process.
His results have continued to improve with each start this season.
He gave up five runs in four innings in his first start; three runs in 5 2/3 innings in his second start; and just one run in five innings in his third start.
"I feel like one day I'll have the slider and not the curve, the next game I'll have my curve and not my slider," Wheeler said after the game, when asked about his season to date. "I'm just waiting for everything to sort of come around all at once. I think that'll help me be more efficient."