Zack Wheeler Stats
- Height / Weight
- 6' 4" / 195 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- 5/30/1990 (31)
Zack Wheeler Season Stats
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Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Zack Wheeler continued his run of dominance with eight shutout innings against the Braves on Thursday. The right-hander struck out 12 while allowing just four hits in his latest brilliant performance. Wheeler has pitched at least seven innings in eight of his last nine starts and has a 1.75 ERA in that span. He's doing this with a career-high 32 percent strikeout rate and he induced another 20 swinging strikes today against a good Atlanta lineup. Wheeler is a must-start ace in fantasy despite a tough matchup with the Dodgers lined up in his next outing.
Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Zack Wheeler was the tough-luck loser on Friday against the Nationals. Max Scherzer and Wheeler traded zeroes most of the night, but Wheeler served up a solo homer to Juan Soto in the sixth that would be the difference in the game. Fantasy managers should be happy despite the loss as Wheeler delivered 7 2/3 innings with two runs, five hits, two walks, and eight strikeouts. He's been nothing short of elite recently; since his May 6 start Wheeler is sporting a 1.65 ERA with 59 strikeouts across 43 1/3 innings. His swinging-strike rate is an impressive 13.2 percent and his CSW% is almost 30 percent implying his success is sustainable. He'll be a must-start fantasy option in his next start despite a tough matchup with Atlanta.
Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Zack Wheeler was excellent on Saturday as he struck out a career-high 14 batters at Tampa Bay. Wheeler allowed three runs and had to settle for a no-decision, but his pitching line doesn't do justice to how dominant Wheeler was in this game. He threw 71 of 101 pitches for strikes while becoming the third Phillies pitcher ever to strike out 10-plus batters in three straight starts. Across 43 1/3 innings in May, Wheeler has 57 strikeouts, 10 more than any other pitcher this month. He's soaring up fantasy baseball rankings and has established himself as a must-start option. A home matchup with the Nationals is next on the docket for Wheeler.
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.