Zack Wheeler was honest about having some emotion ahead of Wednesday's start against the Giants. He admitted that he wanted to show the Giants what they gave away. The Mets' rookie righthander did just that with arguably his best big league start, leading the Mets to a 7-2 win at AT&T Park.
"I definitely want to go out there and do well for myself, and maybe show them what they could have had, I guess," Wheeler told San Francisco-area reporters on Monday. "It'll definitely be fun."
The Mets (40-48) completed a three-game sweep of the Giants won their fourth in a row for the first time since their season-high winning streak in May, which included a sweep of the Yankees in four games. The Giants (40-50) have lost 14 of their last 15.
Wheeler made sure it was fun for the Mets and not so fun for the team that picked him sixth overall in the 2009 draft.
Wheeler gave up just three hits and one run in a career-high seven innings pitched. He struck out five and walked just three.
What was most impressive was the command he had of all his pitches and was more efficient with them. Wheeler came into the game averaging 4.16 pitches per batter, but Wednesday, he got that average down to 3.74, needing just 101 pitchers to get through 27 batters.