Zack Wheeler was supposed to take a huge step forward this season and emerge onto the scene like Matt Harvey did for the New York Mets just one season ago. So far that plan has completely backfired.
After dropping the rubber game this afternoon to the Washington Nationals, 6-3, the Mets have fallen back to three games under .500; the same can be said for Wheeler, who picked up the loss in this game and is now 1-4 on the season with an ERA over four and has shown big control issues all season long.
If Wheeler continues to show these control issues and be highly inconsistent as this season progresses, you cannot help but think that with the Mets’ offense being so futile, GM Sandy Alderson would be inclined to deal Wheeler to a team that is in the process of rebuilding, realizes Wheeler’s immense potential and is willing to part ways with a bat that can help the Mets for this season and in future years.
With the Mets’ farm system packed wall to wall with starting pitching, the Mets can afford to trade one of their young guns, including Wheeler. Now Wheeler can still turn it around this season, but I have to say, if you are the Mets’ organization or a fan right now, you cannot be impressed with how he has started this season. If you were expecting another Harvey, I think Wheeler has already shown all of us that he is just not that guy.