The way things have gone for Zack Wheeler over the past few months, even his worst start in quite a while was still a pretty damn good one. Facing a Dodgers lineup that is trying to make the playoffs, Wheeler gave up three runs but still went seven innings, struck out nine, and walked two, with all three of those runs scoring on a pair of home runs.
For a pitcher who came into the year as a huge question mark and had a 5.40 ERA at the end of May, Wheeler’s current 3.39 ERA is awfully impressive. He has a 2.53 ERA in 18 starts since the beginning of June, and he’s done a lot to get shed his image as a pitcher who would often go only five innings or less. He’s completed at least seven innings in 11 of those starts, and he’s absolutely one of the highlights of the Mets’ season at this point.
The Mets didn’t have much trouble scoring against the Dodgers in last night’s game, either. Los Angeles played plenty of sloppy defense and ran into some terrible BABIP luck along the way. But the Mets scored three in the fourth, two in the fifth, and two in the seventh, with red-hot Amed Rosario putting up the best overall night with three hits in five at-bats, two runs scored, and a run batted in.
A bunch of other Mets had two hits in the game: Jeff McNeil, Wilmer Flores, Michael Conforto, Kevin Plawecki, and Brandon Nimmo. If there was a downside to the game, it was that Wheeler got hit in the chest with a comeback line drive off the bat of Justin Turner, but he remained in the game and had a negative x-ray before heading for a CT scan in LA after the game. Plawecki took a pitch in the ribs and was set for the same schedule.
The Mets are off today, but they got out of LA with a series win. If the season were going better right now, that sort of thing would have been pretty exciting.
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Win Probability Added
Big winners: Wilmer Flores, +14.8% WPA, Jeff McNeil, +12.2% WPA, Amed Rosario, +10.1% WPA, Zack Wheeler (pitching), +10.1% WPA
Big losers: Zack Wheeler (hitting), -13.4% WPA, Todd Frazier, -12.2% WPA
Teh aw3s0mest play: Jeff McNeil doubles to put runners on second and third with no outs in the fourth, +12.8% WPA
Teh sux0rest play: Max Muncy hits a two-run home run in the fourth, -19.3% WPA
Total pitcher WPA: +14.3% WPA
Total batter WPA: +35.7% WPA
GWRBI!: Wilmer Flores