Sep 11, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) pitches against the Washington Nationals during the first inning of a game at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Zack Wheeler efficient and dominant in Mets debut

Matt Harvey threw for back-to-back days as he recovers from Tommy John surgery. Noah Syndergaard is a hulk of a human who throws gas effortlessly. Curtis Granderson launched two homers today. But don’t forget about Zack Wheeler.

Wheeler made his Grapefruit League debut today against the Astros, and he made quick work of his three scheduled innings pitched. As Adam Rubin of ESPN New York notes, Wheeler shouldn’t be an afterthought after throwing only 40 pitches in his three scoreless innings.

Wheeler topped out at 96 MPH while limiting Houston to two hits and striking out three. He threw 40 pitches (26 strikes). The lone hits: a one-out, full-count double down the third base line by Jesus Guzman in the second inning and a single to left-center by Cesar Izturis in the third.

The 23-year old finished the day with three strikeouts as well. Last season, Wheeler made 17 starts with the Mets, going 7-5 with a 3.42 ERA and 84 Ks over 100 innings.

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