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Moore: Phillies need more starters than Zack Wheeler

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Relying on some of the same guys that struggled last season isn’t an ideal way to head into the 2020 season.

PHILADELPHIA — The Phillies craved a starting pitcher like Zack Wheeler.

Wheeler should be the No. 2 starter behind ace Aaron Nola for a club that essentially had Nola and four No. 5s in their rotation last season.

Wheeler is a guy who can give the Phils 6-plus innings a night, which would take some of the weight off of the bullpen’s shoulders. He throws five pitches and averages a strikeout per inning.

“I think I still have a lot of room for improvement,” Wheeler said during Monday’s introductory press conference that also included shortstop Didi Gregorius at Citizens Bank Park. “I want to pitch in the top tier.”

The 29-year-old Wheeler, who signed a five-year, $118 million free-agent contract here, finished 11-8 with a 3.96 ERA last season as the Mets’ No. 3 man behind Jacon deGrom and Noah Syndergaard. Most impressive was his 4-2 record with a 2.66 ERA in his final 11 starts.

#Phillies starter Zack Wheeler on his strong second half of the 2019 season with the #Mets: pic.twitter.com/aNqAyPlKhu

“We’ve very excited that Zack will pair........

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