We’ve seen the best and worst of Zack Wheeler since the New York Mets brought him up in 2013. Let’s examine what each scenario might look like in 2019.
Zack Wheeler rose quickly through the New York Mets system after being traded from the Giants for Carlos Beltran. His time on the major league roster has seen him go from young phenom to injury-riddled bust all the way to historically good over the second half of 2018.
Will Wheeler remain healthy enough to produce like we’ve seen he’s capable of? Or will injuries and regression revert him back to irrelevance and disappointment?
To say the Mets are currently starting-pitching rich may be the understatement of the decade. Between reigning Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom, Wheeler, Noah Syndergaard and Steven Matz (who was actually much improved over the last month and a half), the Mets are simply loaded.
Those four starters combined for a superb 2.90 ERA and will look to continue their flamethrowing ways in 2019. Wheeler, though, is the biggest wild card of the bunch. After a 4.44 ERA in the first half versus a 1.68 ERA in the second, no Mets pitcher had as volatile a season as “Wheels”.
2019 will be key to evaluating just how important Wheeler is to the Mets as they deliberate whether they feel he’s worth an extension or not. With this upcoming year being Wheeler’s final arbitration-eligible season, this may be the final year that Mets fans get to enjoy Wheels cheddar.