Zack Wheeler continues to dominate in 2020, improving to 4-0 following yesterday’s 3-0 victory over Washington. Wheeler is 4-0 with an ERA of 2.20 through seven starts on the year. The right-hander has certainly lived up to projections in 2020, sliding in as a more than reliable #2 behind Aaron Nola. Nola is off to a great start in 2020 himself, with a record of 4-2 and an ERA of 2.45 through seven starts.
As of today, Wheeler currently has the ninth best ERA in all of baseball while Nola has the eleventh. No other team has more than one starter with an ERA under 2.50. The Phillies will now look to build on the success of their front-end and fulfill Bryce Harper’s prophecy of winning 9 of the team’s next 10 games. If they win on Thursday night, they will have done so.
Focusing on Zack Wheeler, the former division rival is off to a historic Phillies tenure. After picking up the win in Wednesday’s 3-0 victory, Wheeler became the first Phillies starter to win his first four decisions after joining the team since Roy Halladay.
Zack Wheeler also became the first Phillies starter to allow three or fewer runs in his first seven starts since Fernando Valenzuela in 1994, per Todd Zolecki. Considering the big name starters the Phillies have had over the years, Wheeler’s success is quite remarkable.