TC: Zack not my call, would like Pujols too

May, 10, 2013
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Zack Wheeler


The Mets are 6-1 in Matt Harvey starts and 8-17 otherwise.

Harvey has a 1.28 ERA. The other Mets starting pitchers after Shaun Marcum allowed six runs in 4 2/3 innings Friday: 5.43.

So how much longer can the Mets afford to keep Zack Wheeler in Triple-A, especially with fans clamoring for the top prospect?

“That’s a call made by somebody else,” Terry Collins said, deflecting that call to the front office. “I’m not here to answer the fans. I’m here to make sure we get these guys in this clubhouse to get better. I can’t worry about people that aren’t here. You know, I’d like to have [Albert] Pujols, too, but I don’t have him.

“What we’ve got to do is get the guys that we have in there and get them better, make sure they continue to improve and we start putting some points on the board. Again, we got a couple [runs] late, but we aren’t given them much room to wiggle on the mound, either.”

Wheeler makes his next start Saturday night for Las Vegas against Albuquerque, the Triple-A affiliate of the Dodgers. He has allowed one run in 12 2/3 innings over his past two starts.
Adam Rubin has covered the Mets since 2003. He's a graduate of Mepham High School on Long Island and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He joined ESPNNewYork after spending 10 years at the New York Daily News.
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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Bartolo Colon
WINS ERA SO IP
15 4.09 151 202
OTHER LEADERS
BAD. Murphy .289
HRL. Duda 30
RBIL. Duda 92
RD. Murphy 79
OPSL. Duda .830
ERAJ. Niese 3.40
SOZ. Wheeler 187