Philadelphia Phillies Ace Zack Wheeler Behind Schedule

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March 13

According to Philadelphia Phillies beat writer Todd Zolecki, ace pitcher Zack Wheeler is behind schedule and has yet to throw off a mound following a substantial 2021 workload.

Wheeler led the majors with 213.3 innings pitched, so it is understandable that Philadelphia is choosing to take a cautious approach. The 31-year-old finished last season with a 14-10 record, a 2.78 ERA, and a career-high 247 strikeouts, en route to a second-place finish in National League Cy Young voting (ten points shy of Milwaukee Brewers’ Corbin Burnes).

One of baseball’s true workhorse pitchers, 2021 was the third straight full season in which Wheeler has logged at least 180 innings.

Speaking with reporters, Phillies manager Joe Girardi said Wheeler still has a shot at making his first turn through the rotation, but it is too early to tell.

When he does take the mound, the former New York Met will again lead a Philly rotation that features the likes of Aaron Nola, Ranger Suarez, Kyle Gibson, and Zach Eflin.

FanDuel Sportsbook has the Phillies holding the third-best odds to win the NL East at +600.

 

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