Dan Wheeler was very effective last night, with a fastball clocked an average speed of 87.40MPH. In his past couple of outings Wheeler's fastball has been a mile an hour or so faster than it was earlier in the season. It's still not where it used to be, or needs to be, but i'll take the improvement. Wheeler threw his FourSeam Fastball 10 times last night for a strike percentage of 90(!).
It was a low-leverage situation, so I guess we shouldn't be surpised that Wheeler had success. In 26 PA's of low-leverage situations this season Wheeler's slash line is .200/.231/.480. It's a small sample size, but that's a good line. In an even smaller sample size, Wheeler has a slash line of .500/.500/1.000 in 8 PA's of medium-leverage. For the time being, keeper Wheeler in low-leverage situations seems like the best thing for everyone.
The bullpen as a whole was great last night. J.P. Howell and Joe Nelson combined with Wheeler to allow only one hit and two walks while striking out five in 3.1 innings of work.
Here's Wheeler's strikezone plot from last night. Only one ball was put into play.