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Monday, May 27, 2013
Wheeler lasts just four innings

By Matt Ehalt

Mets top pitching prospect Zack Wheeler had a rough start Monday as gave up five runs in four innings while recording a no-decision. Wheeler walked three and gave up two homers in an eventual 9-7 win by Triple-A Las Vegas. He also had four strikeouts.

Wheeler, who appears headed to Flushing in June once the Super 2 deadline passes, had been pitching well prior to this outing. While only three of the five runs he gave up Monday were earned, he had given up just six earned runs in his previous four starts combined. Wheeler is 3-1 with a 4.13 ERA in 10 starts.

As the Mets prepare to bring up Wheeler, they will eventually have to decide who they will boot from the rotation. The candidates appear to be Jeremy Hefner, Shaun Marcum and Dillon Gee. Hefner and Marcum both pitched well last time out, but Gee only lasted five innings and got hit around by Atlanta.