Philadelphia Phillies: Zack Wheeler honors Roy Halladay with performance

Aug 8, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) celebrates final out after pitching a two-hit, complete game shutout against the New York Mets at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 8, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) celebrates final out after pitching a two-hit, complete game shutout against the New York Mets at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports /
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Sunday was meant to be a day to honor fallen Hall of Famer Roy Halladay. His number 34 was set to be retired in a pre-game ceremony, his place in Philadelphia Phillies history forever solidified. To cap off the festivities, the Phillies had moved into first place, with their game on Sunday potentially leading to a sweep over the Mets.

While Sunday was supposed to be about Halladay, it was another Phillies’ pitcher who stole the show. Zack Wheeler put together a performance that was reminiscent of Halladay, dominating the Mets as Philadelphia put together a sweep to dominate the weekend.

Zack Wheeler honors Roy Halladay with performance for Philadelphia Phillies

Even though the Phillies hit three homers on Sunday, it was Wheeler who would be the story. He shut down the already dormant Mets’ offense, allowing just two hits and a walk while striking out 11 in a complete game shutout.

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Wheeler was close to history as well. He had set down 22 consecutive batters before allowing a baserunner, the first Phillies pitcher to do so since Halladay himself during his postseason no hitter. Given how Halladay was known for his ability to fire complete games, having Wheeler throw one on this day was perfect symbolism.

Sunday’s outing may also be the signature performance in what has been a stellar season. After his shutout, Wheeler has posted a 10-6 record with a 2.42 ERA and a 0.994 WHiP over his 156 innings, striking out 181 batters with just 34 walks. His dominant season is certain to attract attention once the year is over, potentially leading to a Cy Young award.

But for now, the Phillies are just focusing on one day at a time. They need to keep these wins coming, putting more distance between themselves and the rest of the NL East. Performances such as Wheeler’s on Sunday will do just that.

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The Philadelphia Phillies honored Roy Halladay on Sunday as they retired his number. Zack Wheeler honored him in his own way with a throwback outing.