Zack Wheeler has recorded 18 outs and 19 outs in his two playoff games so far. He also pitched 7 innings against the Padres earlier this season. This line seems very low to me, he usually doesn’t get into walk trouble so he should be fine in terms of pitch count. This is also a 7-game series now so there isn’t as much urgency in Game 1 from the sides because you can’t fire all your bullets in Game 1 while keeping yourself in play for the series.
That means, even if Wheeler is getting hit, they would want him to eat as many innings as possible to save their bullpen.