Wheeler got off to an up and down start, giving up two hits, but getting two strikeouts in the first inning. He allowed another hit in the second inning, but that was it. Wheeler walked one, and struck out three during the appearance.
Wheeler posted a 3.42 ERA in 100 innings last year.
Making his spring debut Tuesday,
Wheeler, who is set to open the season as the team's No. 4 starter, went 7-5 with a 3.42 ERA and 84:46 K:BB ratio in 100 innings last season.
Niese will be followed by
The sources added the rotation alignment is subject to change, but for now this is how the team intends to open the season.
Wheeler got his introduction to the majors last season, posting a 3.42 ERA over 100 innings. Despite his success, Wheeler is being overshadowed by other young pitchers. Wheeler doesn't seem concerned about the lack of hype, though. "That's fine with me," Wheeler said. "I don't have to have all the attention."
Wheeler enters camp looking to solidify his role in the team's rotation. He recently said he's aiming to start opening day. With Matt Harvey sidelined for most of the year, Wheeler could be the most exciting player in the team's rotation this time around.
"I’m going into spring training trying to win that opening day job," Wheeler told The New York Post. "That is my mindset going in, no doubt about it. I feel really good right now and I am really confident going into camp."
Mets manager Terry Collins said Wheeler is in the running to start opening day, despite having just 17 MLB starts under his belt. Wheeler added he's ready to build off the lessons he learned as a rookie.
"The biggest thing I learned last year is what it takes to be successful at the big league level," he said. "Not having to do too much, just relying on all your stuff, mentally and physically. What I want to do is control my body. Sometimes last year on like a 1-2 count, I wasn’t trying too hard, but my body would just take over. Now in those situations, just think about how you are going to attack it."
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