SCORE: Marlins 7, @Mets 2
RECORD: 2-2 RISP: 2-for-5, 8 LOB
HOMERS: 1: Yoenis Cespedes (1).
In one of the most anticipated starts by a Mets’ pitcher in years, Zack Wheeler, pitching for the first time since September of 2014 after being shelved from Tommy John surgery, was hit early and hard, giving up five runs on six hits in four innings, logging 80 pitches.
“He needed this,” manager Terry Collins said. “He needed to get back in the flow. For the first game, it was OK.”
Is velocity a big deal? He touched 97 in the first inning, then was in the low 90s two innings later. Was it the weather? Was it coming off surgery? Whatever the reason, the circumstances were such that we can’t make any real assessments until we see how he feels tomorrow and after his next start, Wednesday in Philadelphia.
That’s how Collins saw it. He chose to look at some of the positives, such as his early velocity and building his pitch count up to 80.
“It was not what I wanted tonight, but it was good to get out there,” Wheeler told reporters. “I didn’t have my best stuff tonight. I didn’t have good control and they were able to sit on the fastball. … It’s a long season and I will get better.”
AT THE PLATE: Two hits each by Curtis Granderson and Rene Rivera. … Michael Conforto had a pinch-hit single. … Jose Reyes was hitless in five at-bats and is hitting .056 on the season with only one hit. Maybe a day off would help. … Marlins pitchers struck out eight Mets.
IN THE FIELD: The Mets are getting ripped and the wind chill had to be in the low 30s. Seemed like it would have been a good opportunity to get the bench some work.
ON DECK: The Mets continue their homestand Saturday against Miami with Robert Gsellman getting the start.