Monday, June 17, 2013

Wheeler Eve: What Presents Will Be Left Under The Mets Tree?

Mets fans, as well as the NY media, are filled with anticipation on Wheeler Eve. The much heralded fireballer will make his Mets (and Major League) debut tomorrow night in Atlanta.

Many clamored for the Mets to bring Wheeler up immediately; some felt he should have made the squad out of Spring Training, other's believed he should have been brought up at the end of April, and so on. Personally, I have always felt Wheeler should be brought up towards the end of this year, but with his first Mets start looming, I can't help but be filled with excitement on Wheeler Eve.

Zack Wheeler finished his AAA season with 4-2 record, 3.93 ERA, 73 K's in 68.2 IP. How that will translate against the NL East leading Braves remains to be seen, but for on day, one eve, the Flushing Faithful are filled with the excitement of a child on Christmas Eve.

What will Santa Zack leave Mets fans? Will it be a dominant performance, limiting the Braves to 3 hits in 7 innings with 9 K's and allowing no runs? Will nerves get the better of him and he gets knocked out in the 2nd inning? Or will he be average, allowing 3 runs in 6.2 IP?

Just as important: will the Mets score any runs for him? We can't hang our hat on yesterday's exciting 9th inning win - the Braves are far superior to the Cubs. 

Maybe yesterday was the start of a nice little streak that will earn the Mets a nice 10 game streak going 7-3. If it is the start of a streak, as a fan I will be stoked. Not just because of the Mets starting a streak, but how the streak started - with a young Nieuwenhuis hitting a bomb off the facade of the Pepsi Porch, hopefully followed by a win tonight and a dominant double-header performance by Harvey and Wheeler.

So many questions, so much anticipation, so much excitement.

What else is one to have on Wheeler Eve?

Source: Baseball Reference

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