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45 Zack Wheeler SP
Height/Weight: 6-4/185 | Birthdate: 5/30/1990 | Birthplace: Smyrna, GA | Bats/Throws: L/R | Team: New York | College: None | MLB Experience: 2 | Owned/Started%: 93/67 | Average Draft Position: 149.59
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Zack Wheeler strikes out seven in loss vs. Braves


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/27/2014) Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler took a loss Wednesday, giving up three runs (two earned) on four hits and three walks in seven innings and striking out seven in his team's 3-2 defeat against the Braves.

Wheeler (9-9) has been on a roll since late June, surrendering three earned runs or less in each of his last 11 outings (and two earned runs or less 10 times during that stretch). He surrendered a leadoff home run in the top of the first inning, his only home run allowed in the last three starts. Wheeler owns a 3.44 ERA and 155:68 K:BB ratio in 159 2/3 innings. He's scheduled to face the Marlins Monday.


Zack Wheeler hopes to remain with Mets through rebuild


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/22/2014) Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler knows his name has been brought up in trade rumors with the Mets eyeing a blockbuster deal this offseason, but he told the New York Daily News Friday he would prefer to stay put.

"I know it's the business, it's part of the game," Wheeler said. "I know that all these young pitchers can be used as trade bait, but I've been part of the rebuilding here. I'd like to see what happens."

Wheeler has been solid in his second major-league season with the Mets, posting a 3.48 ERA with 148 strikeouts and 65 walks in 152 2/3 innings of work. 


Zack Wheeler picks up win vs. A's Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/20/2014) Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler picked up a win Wednesday, giving up four runs (two earned) on four hits and three walks in 5 2/3 innings while striking out three in his team's 8-5 victory over the A's.

Wheeler (9-8) surrendered a pair of runs in the third inning then watched two more come home on a fourth-inning error. He hasn't taken a loss since June 25, going 6-0 during that stretch. Wheeler owns a 3.48 ERA and 148:65 K:BB ratio in 152 2/3 innings. He's scheduled to face the Braves next Wednesday.


Zack Wheeler strikes out 10 Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/15/2014) Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler struck out 10 hitters Friday against the Cubs.

Wheeler allowed two runs on four hits over 6 2/3 innings of work. He struck out 10 and walked four during the outing. Wheeler had to pitch out of jams occasionally during the start. After putting two men on to open the second inning, Wheeler managed to strike out the side. He wasn't so fortunate the following frame. Wheeler allowed two runs to score on two singles, a walk and a groundout. Walks continued to plague Wheeler over the rest of the start, but he was able to work around base-runners.

With the win, Wheeler improved to 8-8. He'll take on the Athletics in his next start. 


Zack Wheeler settles for no-decision vs. Phillies


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/10/2014) Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler wasn't a factor into the decision Sunday against the Phillies. The right-hander permitted three runs on three hits and three walks while striking out five over six innings of a 7-6 defeat.

Wheeler was in line for the win before closer Jenrry Mejia surrendered two runs in the ninth. He owns a 3.53 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP over 24 starts (140 1/3 innings). His next start will come Friday at home against the Cubs. He is 3-4 with a 4.03 ERA in nine starts at home this season.

Zack Wheeler picks up win Tuesday vs. Nationals


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/5/2014) Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler earned a win Tuesday, giving up just one earned run on seven hits and four walks in 6 2/3 innings and striking out five in his team's 6-1 victory over the Nationals.

Wheeler (7-8) has pitched exactly 6 2/3 innings in three straight starts, and he's held the opposition to two runs or fewer in seven straight outings, helping to overcome the effects of a two-inning, six-run dud in late June. He owns a 3.48 ERA and 130:55 K:BB ratio in 134 1/3 innings. Wheeler is scheduled to face the Phillies Sunday.


Zack Wheeler gets plenty of support for third straight win


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/30/2014) Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler continued his solid run Wednesday, in an 11-2 win over the Phillies.

Wheeler racked up big pitch counts earlier and actually fell behind 1-0 in the fifth inning, but the offense picked him up in a big way. Wheeler ended up allowed two runs on seven hits over 6 2/3 innings, with four strikeouts and two walks on 112 pitches as he cruised to victory.

Wheeler has won three straight decisions, and has not lost in six starts, as he improved his record to 6-8. He has a 3.60 ERA heading into his next start, set for Tuesday against the Nationals. 


Zack Wheeler looks sharp in no-decision


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/25/2014) Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler put together a quality start in a no-decision Friday night against the Brewers in Milwaukee. The right-hander gave up two runs -- one earned -- on three hits and two walks while striking out nine over 6 2/3 innings of a 3-2 victory.

Over his last five starts covering 32 innings, Wheeler has permitted only five earned runs. He owns a 3.64 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP over 21 starts (121 innings). His next start will come Wednesday at home against Philadelphia.

Zack Wheeler settles for no-decision despite quality start


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/20/2014) Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler was hit with a no-decision Sunday afternoon against the Padres in San Diego. The right-hander yielded one run on eight hits and one walk while striking out seven over six innings of a 2-1 defeat.

Wheeler has allowed only one earned run in each of his last four starts. He owns a 3.78 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP over 20 starts (114 1/3 innings). His next start will come Friday at Milwaukee.

Post-break rotation plans starting to take shape for Mets


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/13/2014) After announcing Bartolo Colon the starter for the first game after the All-Star break, Mets manager Terry Collins said Dillon Gee will pitch the second game at San Diego and Zack Wheeler will close out the three-game series. Collins added Sunday the last two spots in the rotation will be determined by health considerations, according to The Star-Ledger.

Zack Wheeler turns in strong start against the Marlins


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/11/2014) Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler turned in an excellent start against the Marlins Friday.

Wheeler allowed one run on five hits over 6 2/3 innings. He walked two and struck out six during the appearance. Wheeler’s only blemish came in the fifth inning. After putting two men on, Wheeler allowed a run-scoring single to Christian Yelich. He was able to work out of the inning without giving up any more damage. Wheeler threw 114 pitches during the start.

The win moves Wheeler to 5-8 on the year. His next start should come shortly after the All-Star break.


Zack Wheeler gets back on track


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/6/2014) Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler allowed one run on six hits over 6 1/3 innings in Sunday's 8-4 win over the Rangers. He improved to 4-8 while lowering his ERA to 4.07.

After walking five in his previous start, Wheeler walked two Sunday and struck out four. The only run he allowed came on Robinson Chirinos' fourth-inning solo homer. Wheeler will face the Marlins at home Friday.


Zack Wheeler walks five in no-decision vs. Braves Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/30/2014) Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler didn't factor into the decision Monday after giving up just one earned run on four hits and five walks in 6 1/3 innings and striking out four in his team's 5-3 loss to the Braves.

Wheeler was able to work around the wildness during the first four innings before the Braves scored a run on a sacrifice fly in the fifth, but it would be all the offense the Mets pitcher would allow before the bullpen blew the lead in the eighth inning. He owns a 4.25 ERA and 95:42 K:BB ratio in 95 1/3 innings. Wheeler is on track to face the Rangers Sunday.


Time to give up on Zack Wheeler?


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/26/2014) Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler had another rough start Wednesday against the A's, adding to his disappointing season. Though, Wheeler's start Wednesday was really disappointing because he had just come off a great start at Miami.

At one point during Wednesday's start Wheeler asked catcher Travis d'Arnaud to change up signs because he felt maybe the A's were a little too much on top of his pitches. Though, after the game Wheeler just called it "a bad outing." Well, he's had more than one of those this season.

It really seems Wheeler is still just having to deal with a little bit of bad luck. His groundball rate is up significantly (from 43.2 percent in 2013 to 53.5 percent in 2014, per FanGraphs.com), so it's no surprise his BABIP is at .332, which is well above the league average for starters (.296). It's really the only explanation because his hits per nine innings is barely up, he's giving up less home runs, his walk rate is down and his strikeout rate is up compared to last season. 

Given Wheeler's upside, I'd bench him over dropping him in the majority of Fantasy leagues. Shallow-league owners have a greater luxury of dropping Wheeler given what's on waivers, but if you're in a 12-team or deeper format, I'd still keep him on my roster.


Zack Wheeler lasts just two innings following complete game


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/25/2014) Mets starter Zack Wheeler stumbled in the followup to his first career complete game Wednesday, in an 8-5 loss to the Athletics.

Wheeler simply did not have his best stuff from the start, as the A's chased him after just two innings of work. He was tagged for two runs the first inning, followed by four more in the second before he was pulled.

Wheeler was charged with six runs on six hits in two innings, his shortest outing of the season. He struck out four batters and walked two, while throwing 48 pitches in the loss.

Wheeler is now 3-8 on the season, and his ERA rose more than half a run, to 4.45. He will try to get back on track when he takes on the Braves in Atlanta Monday. 


Zack Wheeler fans 8 in first complete game


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/19/2014)  Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler overcame a pair of subpar outings with the best of his career Thursday, in a 1-0 win over the Marlins.

In a matchup of highly touted young pitchers, Wheeler spoiled Andrew Heaney's major-league debut by tossing his first career complete-game. Wheeler limited the Marlins to just three hits and a walk, and faced only one batter over the minimum en route to the win He also struck out eight batters on 111 pitches.

Wheeler ended a two-game losing streak with the win, but is still just 3-7 on the season. He carries a 3.93 ERA into his next outing, set for Wednesday against the Athletics. 


Bad luck seems to be a factor in Zack Wheeler's struggles


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/17/2014) Compared to what he did as a rookie, Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler shouldn't be struggling as much as he has this season. His walk, strikeout and home run rates are all improved compared to last season, but the second-year right hander is just 2-7 with a 4.38 ERA through 14 starts.

The poor outcomes are beginning to irk the 24-year-old pitcher, according to Newsday.

"I feel like this whole year, it has been nothing but hits like that one against the pitcher or hits in the hole and it's just getting frustrating," Wheeler said.

It seems luck is playing a big factor in Wheeler's struggles. He has a .335 BABIP through 14 starts, per FanGraphs.com. The league average for starters is .296 and Wheeler had a .279 BABIP last season.

Wheeler's groundball rate has also increased from 43.2 percent to 55.1 percent, while lowering his line-drive rate from 23.5 percent to 17.8 percent.

"When you have good strikeout numbers and a very good groundball rate, that usually means you have good everything else," Wheeler said. "But it hasn't happened that way for me."


Zack Wheeler surrenders four runs in loss vs. Padres


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/14/2014) Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler took a loss Saturday, giving up four earned runs on six hits and three walks in five innings while striking out four in his team's 5-0 defeat against the Padres.

Wheeler (2-7) surrendered the first two runs in the first inning, with the second coming on a wild pitch. He then gave up another run in the third inning and one more in the fourth while his offense scuffled at the plate. Wheeler owns a 4.38 ERA and 79:34 K:BB ratio in 78 innings. He's scheduled to take on the Marlins Thursday.


Zack Wheeler gets hit hard in loss to Giants


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/8/2014) Mets starter Zack Wheeler was roughed up on Sunday against the Giants in San Francisco, dropping to 2-6 on the year. The right-hander permitted four runs on six hits and two walks while striking out six over 3 2/3 innings of a 6-4 defeat.

Wheeler saw his ERA balloon from 3.89 to 4.19 following Sunday's abysmal outing. Over his last three starts covering 17 2/3 innings, Wheeler has allowed five earned runs. He owns a 4.19 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP in 73 innings. He will look to get back on track Saturday at home against San Diego.

Zack Wheeler looking too good to sit


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/4/2014) Zack Wheeler's control issues made him so inconsistent in the early going that his ownership rate actually dropped to 74 percent at one point. But those who held on to him, convinced his talent would win out in the end, are being rewarded now.

That is, provided they take advantage.

Wheeler's start percentage remains surprisingly low for the turnaround he's had over his last four starts. If you need it spelled out for you, he has 28 strikeouts to five walks in 25 2/3 innings during that stretch, which plainly suggests the talent is, in fact, winning out.

Granted, he's 1-2 during that stretch -- and the first of those starts wasn't so great in terms of earned runs -- but he's certainly doing his part by missing bats, keeping runners off base and keeping the ball in the park.

As long as he continues to do that, his other numbers should improve enough to make him a must-start option in Fantasy.


Zack Wheeler let down after six-plus shutout frames


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/4/2014) Mets starter Zack Wheeler continues to find his stride, though the offense couldn’t quite keep up with him in a 2-1 loss to the Cubs Tuesday.

Wheeler pitched into the seventh inning without allowing a run, and actually left the game up, 1-0. Unfortunately, he turned the ball over to the bullpen after 6 2/3 shutout innings, which promptly cost him the chance to win.

Wheeler ended up allowing just two hits in 6 2/3 innings, but was pulled after tossing 107 pitches. He walked two batters and struck out seven, while throwing 67 strikes in the start.

Since allowing 10 runs over 10 1/3 innings in consecutive starts, Wheeler has been nearly unhittable. He is just 1-1, but has allowed just three runs over his last three starts, while limiting batters to just 12 hits in 19 2/ 3 innings of work. He carries 3.89 ERA and 1-5 record into his next outing, set for Sunday in San Francisco.


Zack Wheeler making clear strides


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/30/2014) Zack Wheeler's gem Thursday may seem like an isolated event since it was his first win in nine starts, but really, he's looked like a different pitcher for three in a row now.

The first one was "bad" in the sense that he gave up five earned runs, but with five strikeouts to two walks in six innings, that start began this stint of improved control. In his last three starts, Wheeler has 21 strikeouts to only three walks in 19 innings.

In his first eight starts, he had 41 strikeouts to a whopping 24 walks in 43 2/3 innings, which had a lot to do with his 4.53 ERA and, of course, his 1.60 WHIP during that stretch. It's not like he was getting beat on home runs or anything. He just couldn't find the strike zone.

His ability is evident in the way he lights up the radar gun. If he can just stop shooting himself in the foot, he could emerge as a high-end Fantasy option. While these last three starts aren't the final verdict for him, they're step in the right direction, which makes him once again a must-own in all leagues.


Zack Wheeler fans 9, ends losing streak


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/29/2014) Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler brought his losing streak to an emphatic end Thursday, in a 4-1win over the Phillies.  

Wheeler, who had been winless in his previous seven starts, was never down against the Phillies this time around. He allowed just one run in 6 1/3 innings of work, while limiting the Phillies to just four hits. He struck out nine batters and did not walk any on 108 pitches in the win, just his second in 11 starts.

Wheeler is now 2-5 with a 4.31 ERA on the season, though he has lowered that mark more than half a run over the last two outings. He will try to keep his run going in his next start, set for Tuesday against the Cubs.


Zack Wheeler's winless streak reaches seven


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/24/2014) Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler was solid after a pair of subpar outings Saturday, but his winless streak reached seven starts in a 3-2 loss to the Diamondbacks.

Wheeler pitched into the seventh inning for just the seventh time all season, allowing Diamondbacks to score three runs -- two earned -- in his first quality start in three outings. He struck out seven batters and walked none, while matching his season-high with 118 pitches thrown in the loss.

Wheeler is now just 1-5 through 10 starts, with a 4.31 ERA. He will try to get back on the sinning side in his next outing, set for Thursday in Philadelphia. 


Don't lose hope with Zack Wheeler


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/20/2014) There's no denying Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler has been one of the more disappointing Fantasy options to start the season. His high walk rate has gotten him into plenty of trouble, and Wheeler is feeling the urgency to "turn it around," as he said after his latest loss Sunday against the Nationals.

While it's time to bench Wheeler in Fantasy, it's not time to give up on him entirely. You know he's too good of a talent, and it appears he's ready to work on what needs to be fixed.

Perhaps one of the more encouraging stats is that his FIP -- which is an estimate of what his ERA would be using the factors that a pitcher can influence directly, including strikeouts, walks, hit batters and home runs -- is 3.84, which is just over a point lower than his actual ERA (4.89), per FanGraphs.com. His BABIP is also .340, which is well above the league average for starters (.296).

As you would expect, there are plenty more numbers we could throw at you showing Wheeler is off the norm, but his rocky start is a good indication of that. Wheeler did have a high walk rate in the minors (4.0 BB/9), but he counteracted with a good strikeout rate and giving up less hits than he is now. Wheeler has the potential to get back to that level, which is why I'm more inclined to bench him than drop him.