He was not. His pitching was loud enough.
“I’m not trying to prove anyone wrong,” the former Mets said over Zoom after pitching the Phillies to a series sweep of the Mets on Sunday in Philadelphia, seven strong innings in a 6–2 win. .
He was referring to a question, asking if he proves anything for the person, with general manager Brody Van Wagenen, who didn’t think he was in for five years, in a $ 118 million deal Phillis gave him Signed in the Offense.
Quickly, Wheeler looks worth it. In four starts, he has a 2.81 ERA, while the pitchers brought in to replace him, Michael Wacha and Rick Porslow, have either struggled or been hurt. With Tommy John surgery with Noah Syndergaard and Marcus Strowman out of the season due to COVID-19 concerns, the Mets’ rotation has become their biggest weakness. It was launched on Sunday as the 30-year-old Wheeler shut him down, striking out four, allowing one to walk and six hits.
“I thought he was great,” said Phillis manager Joe Girardi.
Porslow is now playing a 5.76 ERA, opposing Wheeler on Sunday, and was tagged for three runs in the sixth inning, converting a precarious one-run Mets into a two-run deficit. Wheeler ensured the Mets retired in the seventh order and fielded a single in front of only two-run Luis Guillerme in an impressive outing.
“My adrenaline was going when I was there, I got excited,” Wheeler said. “But once you get out of there, you have to settle those nerves and remember that it’s another game, even if you know those people. You are facing your old team. You want to go there and do good. There is no way around it. ”
In his time with the Mets, Wheeler regularly struggled to keep his pitch-count low and get deep into games. So far, with Philly, however, he has played at least six innings three times and is 3–1 when he toes the rubber. He is pitching for more contact, ejecting fewer hitters – 12 starts in four – but longer runs.
“That’s always what I wanted to do,” he said.
After Wheeler signed with Phyllis in December, there was a back-and-forth between him and Van Wagenen. The Mets general manager started it by saying, “The joy of contract and market that was beyond our hunger level. I said that earlier. He got paid more than we were willing to give him.
Wheeler responded to that comment “I might get a little help from the comment.” In February, Wheeler told The Post that he offered the Mets a chance to retain him before signing with the Phillies, but he heard that “basically just wickets.”
It did not surprise him.
“Because it’s them,” he said then. “This is how they roll.”
A day later, Van Wagenen congratulated Wheeler on the contract he had received and said he was thrilled with the pitching staff he had assembled with the Mets. Six months later, the Mets general manager might not feel the same way, given the regrettable state of their initial rotation.