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Saturday, June 8, 2013
Wheeler fizzles against Tacoma

By Matt Ehalt

In what could be his final Triple-A tune-up before being promoted, New York Mets top pitching prospect Zack Wheeler fizzled late and did not last five innings. Wheeler gave up eight hits and four earned runs in 4 2/3 innings while striking out seven. He left with Las Vegas ahead of Tacoma on Friday night.

Wheeler breezed through the first four innings, allowing just one run, but it fell apart in the bottom of the fifth. Three singles, a double and a walk sliced Las Vegas' lead to 6-4, and he was pulled for a reliever. Wheeler's ERA bumped up to 4.14 and he will stay 4-1 on the season.

ESPNNewYork.com has reported that the Mets are targeting next Friday against the Chicago Cubs to be Wheeler's debut. Factors such as weather conditions could factor into that date potentially being moved. But for now, it seems that Wheeler is on track to head to Flushing.