He gave up a first-inning home run to Jason Heyward.
“I was aggressive today. That was my goal coming into this year -- to be aggressive," Wheeler said (MLB.com, Apr. 10). "Sometimes when you miss with your pitches they take advantage of it. Sometimes they don’t and you have a good game.”
He pitched well. He got behind in the count against Heyward. It happens. He lost. He rebounded well, which was good to see. He stayed aggressive, which I like. He got tired, though, I think, because his ball was slip-sliding all around the strike zone in the fifth inning. He left way too many balls out over the plate and Atlanta is too good to not take advantage. They sent eight batters to the plate and scored three quick runs before Wheeler ended the inning.
MetsBlog's Robert Brender talked Wheeler from earlier this week >> Watch here on SNY.TV.