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The Pitch Count Was The Only Thing That Counted

In a situation like this, it’s difficult to say who was at fault, if in fact, someone was actually at fault. Still, the Mets and Braves played three plus innings before the rains came. 

The two teams played despite all forecasts indicating heavy rains were going to come at some point tonight. It might’ve arrived early, but still, they knew it was coming. Despite this, the Braves, umpires, etc. decided to play a game which presumably wasn’t going to be able to be played to completion. 

And it wasn’t. That means all stats are gone including what would’ve been Jay Bruce‘s 10th homer of the season. Also gone was the earned run Zack Wheeler allowed. 

What doesn’t go away was the 68 pitches or the three innings Wheeler threw. Those things matter for a pitcher who is coming back from a two year odyssey stemming from his 2015 Tommy John surgery. 

For all the talk baseball has about protecting their pitchers, tonight should be a teaching point. Don’t make pitchers pitch in the rain on a night you don’t have a realistic window to play nine innings. You would think that’s obvious, but apparently, it isn’t. 

0 thoughts on “The Pitch Count Was The Only Thing That Counted”

  1. Gothamist says:

    One inning each?

    After not pitching since 2014 he was pitching at home.
    Would your family feel great to see you back, healthy and improving with each start?

    But yes, the start in Atlanta could have waited

    1. metsdaddy says:

      Wheeler wasn’t pitching in games and making starts

  2. Luis says:

    Wheeler should be in the bullpen. His command makes him throw so many pitches he stresses the same bullpen he could help. He could be another Wade Davis or Andrew Miller…

    1. metsdaddy says:

      I do think Wheeler would thrive in the bullpen. Unfortunately with the injuries, the Mets don’t have that luxury right now.

  3. Gothamist says:

    Well, with Eaton going down maybe my waiting until next year for the Mets to compete was premature.

    I have not remotely checked any other team but is it Nats, Cubs and Dodgers and for the Wildcard the serious starters are?

    Colorado?

    Well, when I see the Mets consistently being able to rally in the last three innings and for TC to build up Salas’s stamina I just can not see this team having the 25 guys it needs.

    TJ was a AAA batting champ and if he can be VERY effective WITH HIS BAT AS A THREAT TO OTHER TEAMS as a ROVING sub, if Rene or Travis be effective with their ABATs as later inning subs ONLY then can I see this team capable. Jose looks much much much better but Jose never proved anywhere he can be celbrebrall relax and modify his ABATs against better pitching. Jose has primarily a crude approach.

    I believe that Cespesdes’s absense is an opportunity for the team to step up the team game.

    So where does Wheeler fit in? Can his arm handle the pen and be a spot or emergency starter, can he continue to still improve on his first three outs and can he come in mid inning or get ready quickly and be effective.

    Which reliever slot are you thinking of? Would you put him in long relief? When the team trails, in lat innngs for one inning and many days rest?

    Has he improved on his outings?

    So if the team does not demonstrate otherwise for a month that it is a contender, it did not use Spring Training to develop Wheeler for the pen, he is not a washout as a starter nothing in decades of marriage of watching MLB in my view warrants it.

    If every game is so crucial now how can Terry just start an experiment with no preparation?

    I really like this new Wheeler, he is not that throwing developing a mix he is starting to get a feel for his other stuff and his FB is not more than less for spotting.

    1. metsdaddy says:

      I’d start Wheeler in a Robles type role and grow from there.

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