ATLANTA – Zack Wheeler proved that he was just at the time Friday night, here at his baseball stadium.
Just in time with his delivery. Just in time with a performance that gives his teammates a bit of a kick and reduces the raised eyebrows about his 2019.
And this season, young Mets advance without crisis.
With a three-digit fastball, the native of Georgia beat the Braves 6-2 at SunTrust Park for his first win of the year and the third straight of the Mets. Wheeler's first two starts, against the National, were mediocre – poor March 31 in Washington, then frankly terrible April 7 at Citi Field – a third consecutive unfortunate would have asked questions about his trajectory during his year walking.
Instead, thanks to the work done between the debuts with the Mets throws coach, Dave Eiland, Wheeler seemed closer, if not so good, the guy who regained his squad and who has averaged 2.06 points per year in his last 15 starts last season. ⅔ the sleeves.
"He must be happy about this outing," said Mickey Callaway. "It was a nice exit. And we needed it.
Callaway called the game a "stress-free victory all year round" as his news-making decisions were premature: rookie Pete Alonso and Brandon Nimmo's replacement for eighth place – both bear fruit; Alonso goalkeeper Dom Smith scored a singles, doubles and walks, while Nimmo slammed the winning circuit that won the match with two points in the second set and added a singles and doubles.
The Mets tied their franchise record by scoring six times in a sixth consecutive game. Ironically, they set this record in September 2007, which will better remind them of some collapse. And, as Wheeler said, "All you have left is to keep these guys out of the board and we'll score points every night. "
In particular, he failed to keep the Nats off the board last week, walking seven and allowing seven runs and four hits in four-and-a-half games while his ERA shot at 10.24. While Eiland urged him to work more slowly, Wheeler did his video work Friday, comparing his delivery this year to last year with a stopwatch.
"Much faster" this year, noted Wheeler. "I slowed down and I was more consistent today."
He threw a 100 mph fastball to Josh Donaldson in the first inning, and Donaldson actually pulled it in the right field for a single. The first match proved to be the toughest challenge for Wheeler, as the Braves charged goals with one goal and one goal. When Wheeler escaped jam by allowing only one pass,
"I was ready to leave after that," he said.
If he did not dominate, with the second goal in his only 1-2-3 run, the second, he dodged adroitly and went into trouble, holding the Braves without a touch in four puzzles (plus a fly of walking and sacrifice) with the riders in scoring position.
"You know what, great job on his part and Dave to diagnose what's wrong [in the prior starts]Callaway said.
His last throw of the night, a fast 100 km / h, escaped Charlie Culberson, veteran of the Braves, for another K, and Callaway greeted him in the visitors' canoe with a handshake. If the moment could not match the fireworks of the offensive defense displayed by the teammates of Wheeler with bats, it still had more meaning. More relief.
Now 2-0 on this turning point on the road against 10 games, the Mets (9-4) have remained at the top of the National League East, half a game ahead of the Phillies, still in the hour in this campaign victory-now, another hurdle jumped with Wheeler's correction. After what they experienced the previous two years, they earned the right to celebrate each one.