JUPITER, Fla. — While most Mets eyes turned to ace Jacob deGrom’s Grapefruit League debut up at Clover Park on Sunday afternoon, Michael Wacha proved here at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium that his impressive velocity was both not at all a fluke and quite the notable fluke.
Not at all a fluke in the sense that the right-hander, competing for a steady gig in the Mets’ stacked starting rotation, followed up his initial outing (on Feb. 25) with similar fastball might, his four-seamer traveling primarily in the 92-94 mph range and even hitting 95.
Quite the notable fluke in that Wacha, who averaged 93 mph with his fastball in 2019 (thanks, MLB.com), doesn’t usually throw like this so early in the season.
“I think in the spring, usually it’s a tick lower than when I’m in the regular season,” the 28-year-old explained to The Post after tossing three shutout innings in the Mets’ 7-1 split-squad loss to the Marlins. “In the regular season, I’m usually from [ninety]-two to -four, touch -five a little, -six every now and then. Right now, I just know it’s coming out nice and feeling good.”
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