Joc Pederson’s last five hits have been homers

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Joc Pederson is only 5 for his last 21. That’s not a great average. But batting average isn’t everything, I suppose. The fact that all five of those hits have been homers makes up for it somewhat.

Pederson homered in the sixth inning of the Dodgers-Giants game last Monday. Then he went 1-for-3 with a homer on Wednesday, 1-for-3 with a homer on Friday, 1-for-5 with a homer on Saturday, took an o-fer on Sunday and then homered in a 1-for-4 effort last night. He’s also struck out ten times over that span, so he’s basically turned into Dave Kingman in the last week.

Quick: someone ask Tommy Lasorda what he thinks of Pederson’s performance.

Zack Wheeler headed to IL due to shoulder fatigue

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Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler will be placed on the 10-day injured list due to fatigue in his right shoulder, Newsday’s Tim Healey reports. The roster move is retroactive to July 12. Steven Matz will open up a two-game series in Minnesota, starting in Wheeler’s place on Tuesday.

As Healey notes, the soonest Wheeler can return is July 23, which would give him at most two starts ahead of the July 31 trade deadline. Wheeler has frequently been brought up in trade conversations as he can become a free agent after the season and the 42-51 Mets have been freefalling.

Wheeler, 29, owns a 4.69 ERA with 130 strikeouts and 34 walks across 119 innings of work this season.