Zack Wheeler Stats
- Height / Weight
- 6' 4" / 195 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- 5/30/1990 (32)
Zack Wheeler Season Stats
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Zack Wheeler News
Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Zack Wheeler had a dominant outing against the San Diego Padres on Wednesday. The right-hander pitched seven scoreless innings, allowing four hits and no walks while striking out a season-high nine batters. This was Wheeler's best start of the year by just about all measures. After three rocky starts to begin the year, Wheeler has now earned quality starts in three of his last four outings. He'll take a 2-3 record, a 3.49 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP into his next start, which will be on Monday against the Atlanta Braves.
Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Zack Wheeler will return from the COVID-19 injured list and start on the road against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday. Wheeler went on the COVID list over the weekend, and he'll be on more than a week of rest after contracting the virus. The 31-year-old right-hander went a season-high 7 2/3 innings in his last start on May 4 against the Texas Rangers, but the Phillies might have him on more of a short leash in his return, and the matchup is poor from a fantasy perspective. Wheeler has allowed 12 earned runs on 24 hits while walking nine and striking out 25 in his first five starts over 26 1/3 innings. It's not the start his fantasy managers envisioned, but his 3.06 FIP points to better times ahead.
The Philadelphia Phillies placed pitchers Zack Wheeler and Zach Eflin on the COVID injured list Sunday. Philadelphia called up Francisco Morales and Connor Brogdon in a corresponding move. Wheeler was scheduled to start Monday's game against the Seattle Mariners, but it's unclear when he will return to the mound; the 31-year-old has thrown 13 2/3 scoreless innings while striking out 14 over his last two starts. Eflin was scheduled to start Game 2 of Sunday's doubleheader versus the New York Mets. It's unclear if either pitcher tested positive for COVID-19 or is a close contact. Fantasy managers will need to adjust their lineups accordingly.
In 2020, Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcherZack Wheeler had a much better season for the Phillies than he did for his fantasy managers. He posted an elite ERA (2.92) but generated very few strikeouts (18.4%). This was a big drop-off from his career mark of 22.8% strikeouts, but it is a perplexing number given that he posted career bests in swinging-strike rate (10.8%) and zone-contact rates (84.4%). He threw strikes at the lowest rate of his career (42.9%) but somehow achieved an elite 5.6% walk rate (another career best). It would seem that Wheeler benefitted massively from a ground-ball rate (55.9%) that sits 8.5% above his career average. Last year, 58% of his pitches were four-seamers or sliders, two pitches that are not known to generate ground balls, so add this to the list of confusion his 2020 campaign created. All of this came in just 71 innings of work, so randomness is to be expected. Given that Wheeler's stuff did not change in 2020, it seems wise to weigh his 2018 and 2019 numbers much more heavily than in 2020. Doing that would yield an expectation of an ERA in the mid-3.00s with a slightly below-average strikeout rate and a good walk rate. He will still be pitching in home run-happy Citizens Bank Park and the upside is pretty low, but his odd 2020 season has sent his draft stock plummeting. You may be able to snag Wheeler after the 100th pick of your draft, which would make him a really nice value for 2021.