At the start of last season, Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler was looking for a spot in the starting rotation. Well this time around, he’s got his sights set on something much more, the chance to be the team’s Opening Day Starter.
According to ESPN, Wheeler knows anything can happen.
“I am a rookie still. And it’s nothing on those guys, on the other starters, because anybody in the starting rotation could be the Opening Day starter. But that’s just my mindset coming in — to push myself to try to get the Opening Day spot.”
It seems as though Wheeler isn’t currently the front runner for the job.
Terry Collins already has suggested Niese is the likeliest choice for this season as well, although that obviously could be revisited if Niese is the lone southpaw in the rotation and the Mets feel the need to separate specific right-handers, such as Bartolo Colon and Wheeler.
Wheeler went 7-5 with a 3.42 ERA in 17 major-league starts last season, beginning with his June 18 debut in Atlanta. He was shut down after a Sept. 17 start, with his innings count between the majors and minors at 168 2/3. That should mean Wheeler should be permitted to throw at least 200 innings this season.
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