Zack on borderline between 1, 2 starts

September, 19, 2013
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NEW YORK -- How many starts Zack Wheeler has remaining in his season apparently depends upon how well he pitches Monday in Cincinnati. At least, it depends upon how deep he pitches that day.

Terry Collins said Wheeler likely would be shut down after Monday's start if he logs seven or eight innings against the Reds. If he has a shorter outing, he should be able to start the regular-season finale as well, against the Milwaukee Brewers on Sept. 29.

Wheeler currently sits at 168 2/3 innings this season between the majors and minors. Team officials do not want him to exceed 180 innings.

"He's right on the borderline of where we want him to be," Collins said. "If he goes out his next start and gets seven or eight, that could be it."
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