Immediately after the inning ended I tweeted:
As the tweet indicates, I was struck by how Wheeler ran into the worst possible situation, took a deep breath and let his stuff get him out of the inning. A pitcher with Wheeler's pure talent can do that.That's a maturation inning right there from Wheeler. Settle down and make pitches.— Timbo (@joshuetree) September 6, 2013
It appears I wasn't alone. Other Mets took notice. As Andy Martino reported for the New York Daily News at least one veteran was impressed by the often aloof rookie, "That was the best inning he pitched all year," said one veteran [Mets player].
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The good news is, much of what Zack Wheeler is going through this year - the high walk rate, high pitch counts leading to short outings, the lack of trust in his own repertoire and developing the cockiness to never give in - are much the same things that Matt Harvey went through last year. It is the natural progression of a young ace in training. It would be wonderful if Wheeler could have a sophomore year (somewhat) like Harvey's, but I do not expect it. He will get there eventually and that first inning versus the Indians in a game that meant nothing was a big step for the young flamethrower.