Wheeler is real deal vs. Marlins
July, 30, 2013
By Adam Rubin | ESPNNewYork.com
MIAMI -- Zack Wheeler felt as good on the mound as he looked.
"I felt smooth with my mechanics. The rhythm was good. Good tempo in between pitches," Wheeler said after taking a no-hit bid into the seventh inning, when he surrendered a one-out single to Ed Lucas. "Everything was just clicking well and I was hitting my spots. I did get away with a few mistakes tonight, but that happens. Sometimes you get away with them. Sometimes you don't."
Wheeler actually got a no-decision in the Mets' 3-2, 10-inning win. Donovan Solano and Jake Marisnick followed Lucas with singles, too, as the Marlins evened the score at 2-2 in the blink of an eye. Wheeler departed after the seventh inning.
"That might have been about as dominant a performance through six innings as I've seen all year from anybody," Terry Collins said. "Just command. He pounded the strike zone. You look up in the sixth inning, he's got 63 pitches, or 65 pitches. ... He wasn't trying to strike anybody out. He was throwing the ball over the plate, making them swing the bat."
Wheeler said he did not have any deep thoughts after losing the no-hitter.
"There goes the no-hitter, of course," the rookie said about what he immediately thought.
He added: "I did get a little rushed after that. I probably let down my guard a little bit, but it was a learning experience."
"He kept throwing strikes, which is good," Collins said. "But when [pitching coach Dan Warthen] went to the mound to calm him down, the velocity went down about 3-4 mph. That's why I took him out. When that adrenaline that is pumping through that body kind of comes to end, they're shot. But he was really something."