Zack Wheeler took the mound Wednesday afternoon in Philadelphia looking another solid start like his last one against the Braves. Overall, it was a good start by the hard-throwing righty, but a couple costly mistakes linger on his mind.
Wheeler had been cruising, as he allowed just one run in the second inning. But that changed when Scott Kingery launched an opposite field solo homer to push the Phillies lead to two. Then, just one inning later, Cesar Hernandez did the exact same as his teammate, taking a Wheeler pitch over the right field fence.
That last solo homer was ultimately the winning run for the Phillies, who took the three-game series with the victory. Wheeler may have been satisfied with his overall performance, but not with those two pitches he made.
"The pitch Kingery hit, I just left up and he just got his hands extended," he explained to reporters after the game. "Then, probably a dumb pitch to Hernandez. Trying to throw a backdoor slider and it came right back over the middle. So I think those are just two mistakes that really cost me and cost the team a win. Other than that, I did well. I definitely need to cut down the walks. Those have been killing me so far this year."
Overall, Wheeler's line read three earned on five hits with five strikeouts and three walks over seven innings -- his longest outing of the year thus far. Manager Mickey Callaway wanted to see Wheeler go deep into today's contest, especially after how much the bullpen worked last night.
He answered the call.
"Great job by Zack," he said. "We needed somebody to pitch deep into the game. Couple solo homers probably hurt him, but he did a heck of a job."
Michael Conforto also talked about what the Mets need to do to turn things around after dropping their first series to their division rival...