Published on June 24th, 2013 | by Josh Chapdelaine0
What to Expect in Zack Wheeler’s Citi Field Debut
According to ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin, Zack Wheeler will make his Citi Field debut this Sunday, June 30th at 1:10 PM against the Washington Nationals. While Wheeler will make his second big league start tomorrow night against the Chicago White Sox, what should one expect from the dynamic prospect as he heads home for the first time? To find out, it’s important to look beyond just Wheeler’s capabilities.
Zack Wheeler will be opposing a Nationals team starved for offense, which should help his game immensely. Although Wheeler has surrendered an average of 4.0 BB/9 throughout parts of four minor league campaigns and walked five in his major league debut, the Nationals are a very impatient team. They’ve only walked 197 times, putting them 21st in the major leagues. In addition to the poor walk percentage, the club has also fanned nearly 600 times to rank them 11th in the league in strikeouts.
Beyond a statistical standpoint, Wheeler should expect a very appreciative Citi Field crowd who have been awaiting his debut since the Mets acquired him for Carlos Beltran nearly two years ago. While the crowd may not be at full capacity, the die-hard fans who have followed his track to the major leagues will be out in support of the 23-year-old alongside families and casual fans who want to see the hype for themselves live in person.
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