This star wants to stay a Met and feels Wilpons will spend in 2015
Zack Wheeler has heard the rumors. The Mets may trade a big arm to get the shortstop they desperately need, like a Starlin Castro.
Wheeler said he wants to make sure he is not the arm that is traded.
“I want to stay here,’’ Wheeler told The Post. “I don’t want to be traded. We’re only going to get better when the guys we got here get more experience and spend a little bit of money, making trades, get some better bats and stuff.
“I was part of the rebuilding process and I want to see it through.’’
Wheeler gave up three runs, two earned, and only four hits over seven innings but the punchless Mets had little chance Wednesday night, dropping a 3-2 decision to the Braves at Citi Field.
But Wheeler (9-9) said he believes the Mets will turn it around and will spend money.
“How could you not spend money?’’ Wheeler said. “You’re in New York. I know the Wilpons. I’ve been around them awhile now. I know they want to win. It’s just a matter of putting the right pieces together, formulating it all and making a winner.’’
The ever-improving right-hander didn’t get much help as shortstop Ruben Tejada booted an easy ground ball in the third inning for the Braves third run, while the Atlanta’s Andrelton Simmons made a phenomenal backhand stop and jump throw from left field to nail Travis d’Arnaud at first to end the eighth and keep the Mets from tying the game.
With David Wright and Daniel Murphy out, the Mets had a weakened offense, especially with Curtis Granderson batting .155 for the month of August and .217 for the season, but Wheeler keeps putting together quality starts.
And the Mets would be crazy to trade the 24-year-old, because he’s too valuable, too good, too healthy and too young.
Wheeler gave up a leadoff home run to Jason Heyward, then settled down, not allowing a hit after Freddie Freeman’s double in the third, but Tejada’s error buried him. He has not allowed multiple home runs in any of his last 37 starts, according to Elias Sports Bureau, the longest streak by a Mets pitcher since Dwight Gooden (42 starts in 1990-91).
Before Wednesday night, the right-hander had won his previous six decisions, posting a 2.12 ERA over that span.
How good can Wheeler be? Listen to Wright.
“He’s one of those guys when he is on and he is throwing pitches where he wants to throw them, he is unhittable,’’ Wright said.
Wheeler said he believes the Mets’ future is bright because he sees Matt Harvey getting healthier and feels Noah Syndergaard will break through.
Remember, Wheeler was there last year, he knows what it is like for Syndergaard at Triple-A Las Vegas.
“Me and Harvey both said, being down there [after awhile] you get bored,’’ Wheeler said. “You know that you will be up here and that you probably should be up here at a certain point.
“Last year I caught myself sleeping a little bit.
“I have not called [Syndergaard] because I don’t want to bother him, I don’t want to be another voice in his head.
“Obviously the talent is there, he just has to concentrate a little more and go out there with a certain mentality every time he goes out, not that he is just making another start in Triple-A. He’s got to go out there and work his way up to the big leagues. He’s still got to make improvements, he’s still got stuff to work on. I see the changeup that he has to work on, his curveball can always be better, there’s a lot of stuff you can go out there and work on.’’
As for Wheeler, his success this season, 17 quality starts, is due to changes he’s made.
“I had to make the adjustment that the hitters made to me, I had to make a re-adjustment to them,’’ he said. “That was sort of eye-opening to me. I belong here because I can make those types of adjustments.’’
Wright has to come back strong. Granderson has to start living up to his huge paycheck and a major league shortstop is a must.
But Zack Wheeler is definitely on his way. Let him get there as a Met.