Zack Wheeler dominated on Thursday. That is not to be confused with Noah Syndergaard dominating on Wednesday or Jacob deGrom flashing Cy Young mastery on Tuesday.
“I think it can be special,’’ Wheeler said of the Mets’ rotation after throwing 5 ¹/3 shutout innings in a 1-1 tie with the Cardinals at Roger Dean Stadium.
It’s time. They all know it’s time.
“It’s been how many years now we’ve all been trying to do it, everybody has been hurt at separate times, so hopefully everybody can stay healthy and pitch like we are capable,’’ Wheeler said, “and I think we can be pretty dangerous.’’
What message are Mets pitchers sending to the rest of baseball this spring?
“I think they are sending a big one,’’ manager Mickey Callaway said, “you have to be on top of your game to score some runs against them and they are going to go at you.
“I saw a stat today that Zack Wheeler last year, two out of his first three pitches were strikes 70 percent of the time. I mean that’s uncanny.’’
Wheeler allowed two hits Thursday, did not walk a batter and struck out four as he continues to build off his dynamic success last season, when he went 9-1 with a 1.68 ERA after the All-Star break.