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New York Mets right-hander Zack Wheeler expresses his feelings for the team after potentially starting his last game for them.

On Thursday, New York Mets righty Zack Wheeler took the mound one last time in 2019. In a 4-2 loss to the Miami Marlins, Wheeler pitched 8.0 innings and allowed five hits and three earned runs. He struck out 10 batters and walked none.

It’s not only his final start of the year but could also be his final start with the Mets organization. Wheeler will be a free agent this offseason. Regardless of if his time with the ballclub is over, Wheeler expresses it’s all love for New York.

“I came to work every day and gave it everything I have,” he said Thursday night, per Alex Smith of SNY. “I like New York, I love the fans here. It’s a great place to play. I was upset that I wasn’t here for those two seasons when we had winning records, but this season, we didn’t finish where we wanted, but we did have a winning record and that was nice to be a part of. I wish we could have done a little bit more, but it is what it is, I guess.

“I love New York, I love the Mets. They treated me fairly and very good. I just wanted to give everything I could back to the Mets, and that’s working hard and trying to get better every time out and just putting in the work.”

Wheeler finished the year with an 11-8 record, an ERA of 3.96, and a WHIP of 1.259. He additionally struck out 195 batters and walked 50 through 31 starts (195.1 innings pitched).

The Mets finish out the regular season with a three-game home series against the Atlanta Braves starting on Friday.

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