Wheeler loses control after leaving bullpen

September, 17, 2013
9/17/13
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NEW YORK -- Zack Wheeler walked a career-high six batters and suffered the loss in Tuesday's 8-5 defeat against the San Francisco Giants.

After allowing four runs in five innings, Wheeler's home ERA (4.73) is now more than double his ERA away from Citi Field (2.32).

"Certainly it was unexpected what we saw tonight, because this guy has pitched so much better than how he did tonight," Terry Collins said. "The one thing we've been raving about is that he's been commanding his pitches. And tonight he couldn't find the zone and fell behind and ended up getting hurt by it. But, again, he didn't let the game get out of hand. He kept us in it. We didn't pitch very good at the end."

Said Wheeler: "I was awesome in the bullpen. I told [pitching coach] Dan [Warthen] in the bullpen, 'I'm kind of worried.' I was literally hitting every spot and all that kind of stuff, and that never happens. I went out into the game and it just wasn't there tonight."
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
8 3.99 89 121
OTHER LEADERS
BAD. Murphy .297
HRC. Granderson 14
RBIL. Duda 46
RD. Murphy 55
OPSL. Duda .835
ERAJ. Niese 2.96
SOZ. Wheeler 99