By Sally Fahey
There are two sides to the Zack Wheeler coin:
They are 13-12 when Wheeler starts a game this season.
“It’s a bummer when we can’t capitalize for him,” Bryce Harper told The Athletic, “because he’s been like that ever since he’s been a Phillie.”
Wheeler has a 2.92 ERA in 148 innings this season. He has a 2.85 ERA in 68 starts since signing a five-year, $118 million deal in December 2019, and he has been everything the Phillies could have ever wanted.
He is why, even if the Phillies back into a postseason spot, they feel decent about their chances in a short series.
Both Wheeler and Aaron Nola, who pitches Wednesday at Wrigley, will be on regular rest for potential Games 1 and 2 of a Wild Card Series.
The Phillies know how good Wheeler is when right; they just were not sure what to expect after so much downtime and no minor-league tune-ups.