Mets' Zack Wheeler: Seen as potential bullpen weapon
Both pitchers have the sort of significant injuries histories which suggest that a move to the bullpen could be good for their health. Both struggled similarly in abbreviated 2017 seasons (with a 5.03 FIP for Wheeler and a 5.05 FIP for Matz), leaving neither as a particularly attractive rotation candidate. Wheeler had the higher strikeout and walk rates last year and has a higher fastball velocity, while Matz is more of a sinker and control specialist. The former profile would seem to be a better fit in the bullpen, so it's possible Wheeler begins the year there, though even then he'd likely be only one injury away from returning to the Mets' starting rotation.
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