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Jeremy Hellickson signs with the Nationals

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The Nationals have re-signed Jeremy Hellickson to a one-year, $1.3 million contract. Jon Heyman reports that there are performance-based incentives in the deal that can push its total value to $4 million.

Hellickson made 19 starts for the Nationals last season, posting an ERA of 3.45 in 91 innings. His strikeout rate was pretty low and he was pretty stingy with hits and walks, but it’s an open question as to whether that was a matter of luck or a function of finding a new gear at the age 31. There’s also the matter of the wrist injury which ended his season in August. It was a sprain, and it should be no issue for 2019.

Either way, this is a cheap enough contract for Washington that they can afford to take a chance on the matter.

Zack Wheeler hits first career homer

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Mets starter Zack Wheeler wasn’t content with just dominating the Phillies on the mound Tuesday night in Queens. The 28-year-old decided to have himself a three-RBI night at the plate, too, including his first career home run.

With the Mets already leading 3-0 with two outs in the bottom of the fourth inning, Wheeler lifted a first-pitch Zach Eflin fastball out to left-center field, landing well beyond the 370-foot sign on the wall. Wheeler had previously helped his own cause, lacing a two-run double down the right field line off of Eflin in the second inning.

Wheeler entered the night with 22 hits in 194 career trips to the plate. Of his 22 hits, five went for extra bases (all doubles). On the mound, through six innings, Wheeler has held the Phillies scoreless on five hits with no walks and 11 strikeouts.

Todd Frazier broke the game open in the fifth inning, hitting a grand slam off of Drew Anderson to push the Mets’ lead to 8-0. If the Phillies lose tonight, they will have lost five of their last six games.