Zack Wheeler was dominant in his last start but still has a 4.85 ERA this season. Meanwhile, Noah Syndergaard (6.35 ERA) and Jacob deGrom (4.85 ERA) have struggled mightily over their last few starts.
With Steven Matz the only Mets starting pitcher with an ERA under 4.00 and a full month of the season down, does Wheeler think it will take a little bit of time before the starters do what everyone hoped they would do?
"Yeah," Wheeler told SNY. "When everybody is this talented I think it's just a matter of time. Everyone's sort of still getting into the groove of it. It's still a little chilly here and there certain nights and maybe a little colder than others so the ball may be a little slippery. ... so I mean it's just a couple different factors but a lot of guys have also been sick and I'm not trying to make excuses but -- once we get going I think we'll be hard to stop."
One of the things Wheeler noted -- the cold -- was brought up by Syndergaard after he allowed five runs on Saturday night against the Brewers.
Syndergaard, who was working deliberately and whose slider velocity sat in the high-80s, said after the game that the ball felt like a block of ice.
Like Syndergaard, deGrom has also pitched in some terrible conditions -- with each of his last three starts coming on cold nights where he and the team also had to endure a rain delay.
In deGrom's last start, the game didn't start until 9:50 p.m. -- at Citi Field.
A look at some at the advanced numbers suggests that Syndergaard is getting a bit unlucky. As far as deGrom, he was sick (strep throat), had an elbow issue that cost him a start, and is also dealing with a mechanical issue.
As far as Wheeler? He has been quite good aside from the seven-run blowup he had against the Nationals in his second start of the season.
On Monday night against the Reds at Citi Field, Wheeler will look to pick up right where he left off when he dominated the Phillies last week.