Happy Wheeler Day! Happy David Wright Bobblehead Day!
Yesterday the Mets were able to even up the series against the Nationals thanks to good starting pitching from Gee, strong relief outings (Torres specifically) and the Mets hitting taking advantage of Washington’s mistakes. Today Wheeler makes his third major league start and his home debut while the Mets bats get yet another look at Gio Gonzalez.
Wheeler struggled in his second start in his career where he allowed 4 ER over 5.1 innings. The word on the street was Wheeler was tipping his pitches, something he has never done in his career at any level and something he did not do in his first start. Speaking of his first start, he pitched 6.0 innings allowing 4 hits and 5 walks while striking out 7 batters. He has never faced the Nationals or anyone on the Nationals roster.
Gio Gonzalez is 4-3 on the year over 16 starts and 98.0 innings with a 3.31 ERA. In five starts in the month of June he pitched 33.1 innings and struck out 37 batters with a 2.16 ERA. In one start against the Mets this year he allowed 5 ER over 4.0 innings. The Mets have the following numbers against Gio:
Wright 3-11, 3B, HR
Buck 2-12, 2B
Lets Go Mets!