January 23, 2021

Zack Wheeler makes Mets’ Brodie Van Wagenen eat his words (New York Post)


Zack Wheeler took the high road, opting not to rub in his strong outing against his former team.

He didn’t have to. His pitching spoke loudly enough.

“I’m not trying to prove anybody wrong,” the former Mets right-hander said over Zoom after pitching the Phillies to a series sweep of the Mets Sunday in Philadelphia, tossing seven strong innings in a 6-2 victory.

He was referring to a question, asking if he proved anything to the person, general manager Brodie Van Wagenen, who didn’t think he was worth the five-year, $118 million deal the Phillies signed him to in the offseason.

Early on, Wheeler looks worth it. In four starts, he has a 2.81 ERA, while the pitchers brought in to replace him, Michael Wacha and Rick Porcello, have either struggled or gotten hurt. With Noah Syndergaard undergoing Tommy John surgery and Marcus Stroman opting out of the season because of COVID-19 concerns, the Mets rotation has become their greatest weakness. That was amplified on Sunday as the 30-year-old Wheeler shut them down, striking out four, walking one and allowing six hits.

Zack Wheeler; Brodie Van Wagenen
Zack Wheeler; Brodie Van WagenenGetty, Robert Sabo

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