The dream of the five aces will have to wait. The Mets have optioned Zack Wheeler to start the season playing Triple A ball in Las Vegas, postponing Mets fans’ hopes to see a starting rotation of our five young studs.
It’s sad to see happen, but it’s a warranted move. Wheeler couldn’t seem to find himself this Spring Training, posting a dreadful 8.10 ERA over the 10 innings he pitched. He put his rotation spot in jeopardy after allowing five runs (three earned) in two innings in his last outing vs the Nationals. With Jason Vargas starting out on the DL, Seth Lugo is most likely to fill his spot to start the season.
Dave Eiland was blunt: Wheeler was given a chance this spring & “he didn’t get it done.” They want him to pitch every 5 days & improve. After Wheeler was told the news this morning, he threw the best bullpen session in years, per Mets coaches.— James Wagner (@ByJamesWagner) March 24, 2018
Wheeler has had a tough road back from his Tommy John’s surgery in 2014. His recovery went slower than planned, and he didn’t pitch well upon his return, which was ultimately cut short by a stress fracture in his arm. It won’t be easy at the hitter-friendly Cashman Field, but hopefully in Las Vegas Wheeler can take a deep breath and pitch his way back to his once-promising form.
If you're hitting the final home game on Thursday at Citi Field, swing by the Marina Lot to see some friends, maybe meet some new ones, and responsibly wash down your sorrows before heading inside.