Zack Wheeler with the Phillies. Aug 8, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) throws a pitch during the ninth inning of his two-hit, complete game shutout against the New York Mets at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Former New York Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler had a heck of a showing against his old team Sunday. Wheeler pitched for the Mets (and in their minor-league organization) from 2011-19, but signed with the Philadelphia Phillies as a free agent in December 2019. He came up with an incredible performance for the Phillies against the Mets Sunday, one that made a fair bit of team history:

As Langs noted, this came after the Phillies’ jersey retirement ceremony for another legendary pitcher, Roy Halladay. Here’s more from ESPN’s John Barr on that connection:

And Wheeler also threw some of the hardest pitches he’s ever thrown Sunday:

This win helped that Phillies’ streak, as noted above, and it also further hurt the Mets. This was the final game in the Phillies’ sweep of a three-game homestand against the Mets, and before that, the Mets lost to the Miami Marlins on Thursday. They’re now 56-55 on the season, behind the Phillies (59-53) and Atlanta Braves (57-55) in the NL East.

[NBC Sports, Sarah Langs on Twitter; photo from Eric Hartline/USA Today Sports]

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