High pitch count unavoidable for Zack?

August, 15, 2014
Aug 15
5:14
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NEW YORK -- Zack Wheeler is 4-0 with a 1.93 ERA in his past eight starts entering Friday’s assignment against the Chicago Cubs. Yet Wheeler has expressed frustration at not completing seven innings in any of those outings, while averaging 111 pitches per start.

Terry Collins suggests high pitch counts may be unavoidable because of Wheeler’s style.

“It’s always going to be high, because he’s the one guy who strikes people out on our staff,” Collins said Friday afternoon. “… What I think is going to keep it down is if he stays around the strike zone. The issue becomes how many times he gets to 3-2. That’s what helps that pitch count build up. But, gosh, he’s been pitching so well, I’ll take what he can give us 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
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