Friday, August 29, 2008

Leave it to Wheeler!

It's not too often that a player on another team (besides the Mets) makes me feel thrilled at their success. There are the obvious success stories that warm your heart: Josh Hamilton and Rick Ankiel. But for me, watching Wheeler succeed with the Rays is especially gratifying. Wheeler never got his fair shot to prove his worth with the Mets in 2004 and the Mets finally gave up on him later that year. After that, Wheeler thrived with the Astros before being moved to the Rays last season. And this season, something amazing has happened. With closer Troy Percival making frequent trips to the DL, Wheeler has filled the role admirably by converting 10 of 12 saves this season and has a phenomenal 2.48 ERA. The Rays are in first place and their bullpen has been the main component in their success. So kudos to you Dan Wheeler, for taking advantage of your opportunity and for ultimately, proving my Mets wrong. Boy could we use you now.
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