Wheeler could make two more starts

September, 18, 2013
9/18/13
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NEW YORK -- It's been widely expected that Mets rookie Zack Wheeler will be shut down prior to the end of the season, but that may not happen after all.

Mets manager Terry Collins said Wednesday that Wheeler will start at least one more time this season. "Maybe two more times," Collins added, unprompted.

Wheeler has pitched 168 2/3 innings this year -- 100 in 17 starts with the Mets, after 68 2/3 in 13 starts with Triple-A Las Vegas. He is 7-5 with a 3.42 ERA in the big leagues after his no-decision Tuesday night, giving up four runs in five innings against the Giants, with a career-high six walks.

Wheeler's next start will likely be Monday in Cincinnati. That would leave open the possibility of Wheeler starting against the Brewers in the Mets' final series of the season at Citi Field.
Kieran Darcy is an ESPNNewYork.com staff writer. He joined ESPN in August 2000 after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, where he played four years of JV basketball.
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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Daniel Murphy
BA HR RBI R
.289 9 57 79
OTHER LEADERS
HRL. Duda 30
RBIL. Duda 92
RD. Murphy 79
OPSL. Duda .830
WB. Colon 15
ERAJ. Niese 3.40
SOZ. Wheeler 187