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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Chicago Cubs rookie outfielder Christopher Morel had one hit in his three at-bats Tuesday, but he made it count, taking Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Zack Wheeler deep in the bottom of the third inning of a 2-1 win. It was Morel's 15th long ball of the season to go with his .749 OPS, 54 runs scored, 42 RBI and 10 stolen bases in 401 plate appearances. That's plenty of production across all fantasy categories, especially when you consider that Morel was likely free off the waiver wire early in the season.
Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Zack Wheeler made his second start since returning from the injured list Tuesday, and he was effective, allowing one run on five hits and a walk in six innings against the Chicago Cubs. He struck out five batters in the no-decision, as the Phillies fell 2-1. Wheeler does not appear to have missed a beat from sitting out for a month, though fantasy managers were certainly disappointed not to have his production at this key point in the season. Wheeler has a 2.92 ERA and 1.06 WHIP with 11 wins and 156 strikeouts through 148 2022 innings.
The Philadelphia Phillies activated right-handed starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (forearm) from the 15-day injured list on Wednesday. The 32-year-old has pitched to a 3.07 ERA and a 2.97 FIP in 138 innings for the National League East franchise this season. He's also logged 148 strikeouts and 33 walks in those 138 innings. Wheeler previously made his last start for the Phillies on August 20. Prior to landing on the injured list, the veteran had allowed three runs or fewer in 18 of his 23 starts this year. Philadelphia also optioned right-handed reliever Sam Coonrod to Triple-A.
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.