Wheeler threw 91 pitches in a minor-league game Wednesday, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports. Predictably, the results were outstanding as the right-hander tossed seven scoreless innings while striking out six, but the important takeaway is that Wheeler is ready for the regular season. He's set to make his first start of the campaign on the road against the Nationals on March 31.
Wheeler allowed two hits and struck out four in 5.1 scoreless innings Thursday against St. Louis. Wheeler has looked sharp over his last two starts, as he's failed to surrender a run in 9.1 frames. The 28-year-old right-hander will carry a 2.25 ERA with eight punchouts over 12 innings into his next spring outing.
Wheeler allowed one hit and zero walks while recording three strikeouts across four scoreless innings during Saturday's spring win over the Red Sox. Wheeler allowed five runs (three earned) over 2.2 innings during his first two spring appearances, but was significantly sharper Saturday. The 28-year-old identified a mechanical issue after reviewing video of his Grapefruit League debut and appears to have addressed the flaws over the last couple of starts.
Wheeler identified a mechanical issue after reviewing video Tuesday following his Grapefruit League debut against the Tigers, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports. "My body felt fine, arm felt fine," Wheeler said. "I'm just a little mechanically off. I'll get that cleaned up and just go from there." Specifically, Wheeler noted that he drifted laterally rather than staying 90 degrees with home plate while pitching out of the windup, which may have contributed to his down performance. Wheeler pitched one inning during the outing and gave up two runs that were both unearned, but surrendered a hit and tossed a wild pitch. The right-hander sounded optimistic that he would be able to correct the mechanical flaws in his subsequent spring starts, offering hope that he'll continue to build on his second-half breakout from 2018.
Wheeler and the Mets avoided arbitration with a one-year, $5.975 contract Friday, Mike Puma of the New York Post reports. Wheeler will earn a raise of over $4 million after making $1.9 million last season. The new salary is well-deserved after the 28-year-old recorded a career-best 3.31 ERA in 29 starts in his first full season back from a lengthy injury absence.