Zack Wheeler
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New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway believes right-hander Zack Wheeler was “outstanding” during Tuesday’s win.

Every game is crucial from here on out for the New York Mets. They entered their game on Tuesday against the Arizona Diamondbacks 4.0 games back in the National League Wild Card race with 19 to play. Zack Wheeler had to be great when he took the mound and he delivered.

The right-hander threw 7.0 innings, allowing seven hits, and one earned run. He only walked two batters and struck out seven in the midst of the Mets surging ahead for the 3-2 victory. After the game, manager Mickey Callaway made it know how much he appreciated wheeler’s efforts.

“He was outstanding, in control of the game getting ahead,” Callaway said, per Zach Braziller of the New York Post “That’s a very good lineup. They got some really good hitters in there. He pitched like he should — like he’s capable of.”

Third baseman Eduardo Escobar singled off Wheeler in the top of the first inning to drive in Ketel Marte. It was the only run Wheeler would allow, and the veteran pitcher made sure of that from then on.

“When you give up a run in the first like that, [you think] that’s all they’re going to get,” he said. “You have that mindset, try to put up zeroes. I was able to do that.”

With the Mets winning the game and the Chicago Cubs losing 9-8 in 10 innings to the San Diego Padres, New York is now 3.0 games back in the NL Wild Card race. They’ll take on Arizona in the third of a four-game series Wednesday night at 7:10 p.m. ET at Citi Field.

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Ryan Honey is a staff writer and host of the Wide Right Podcast.