Wheeler, a 23-year-old right-hander, had a 4-2 record with a 3.93 earned run average in 13 starts this season for the Mets’ Triple-A minor league affiliate in Las Vegas. After going 0-1 with a 5.79 ERA in his first five starts, he’s won four games with a 2.98 ERA in his past eight appearances.
“This kid is very, very talented,” Mets manager Terry Collins said before yesterday’s game. “We’re very lucky to have him. Everybody is looking forward to seeing him pitch.”
Wheeler joined a Mets’ rotation that also features 24-year-old Matt Harvey, who pitches today’s first game and is 5-1 with a 2.04 ERA in 14 starts this season.
“It’s a great thing for this organization and the fan base to look forward to see what the future’s going to be like,” Collins said. “We’ve got two young guys that have a chance to be very, very good. Pitching is the name of this game, and we’re going to run two guys out there who can take this organization north pretty fast.”
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