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New York Mets: Can Zack Wheeler Handle the NL East?
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Zack Wheeler winding up for a pitch.

With Matt Harvey likely out for the entire 2014 New York Mets season, Zack Wheeler has potential to emerge as the ace. Wheeler was drafted No. 6 overall by the San Francisco Giants in 2009 and has an electric fastball. But how will he fare against the National League East?

If Wheeler were named the Mets Opening Day starter, he would be facing Stephen Strasburg and the Washington Nationals on March 31. He got lit up in his spring training start against Strasburg on March 25 for five earned runs in 2.2 innings with three walks and five hits.

Was his shaky fastball command a red flag, or is it too early in the year to be concerned? Here are suggestions on how Wheeler can prosper against the Mets’ division rivals.

 

 

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