Zack lacks control in shortest career outing

May, 3, 2014
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DENVER -- Zack Wheeler said his trouble Friday was as simple as not being able to control his pitches.

"I honestly didn't know where the ball was going today," Wheeler said after allowing a career-high seven runs in four innings in an eventual 10-3 loss to the Colorado Rockies. "I went back and looked at some video and all my balls were running. My two-seam was cutting.

"When they did hit it, they just found holes. It's just one of those days I got my groundballs, but they just found holes."

Wheeler said his lack of control carried over from his warmup session.

"That was a brutal bullpen," Wheeler said. "I had trouble in the bullpen, so I figured it would turn around in the game. That's usually how it goes -- you do terrible in the bullpen and you do well in the game. But it didn't do that."

Wheeler said pitching at high-altitude Coors Field for the first time was not a valid excuse.

"I had a hard time breathing, but it didn't affect how I pitched," he said. "Nothing too crazy."
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
14 4.02 143 190
OTHER LEADERS
BAD. Murphy .295
HRL. Duda 27
RBIL. Duda 83
RD. Murphy 75
OPSL. Duda .827
ERAJ. Niese 3.55
SOZ. Wheeler 173