New York Mets starting pitcher Dillon Gee has now lost two games in two starts this season. Even though he did not deserve the loss in his first outing of the year on April 4, Tuesday’s defeat falls solely on him.
There is no question Mets manager Terry Collins was not happy with his starter’s performance against the Philadelphia Phillies.
“I mean, he’d miss his target by two feet,” Collins told Mets.com after the 8-3 loss. “It was quite obvious he didn’t make any pitches when he needed to.”
Gee gave up a whopping seven earned runs on 10 hits in only three innings. He struck out two of the 19 batters he faced, but allowed three home runs on five pitches in the third inning. It goes without saying that Gee could not get anything working correctly.
“There’s not a whole lot to say,” Gee said, according to Mets.com. “A terrible night, but you’ve got to move past it. I’ve had a bad outing before but I’ve bounced back. And I’ll do it again.”
The good news is Gee is confident that he will be able to overcome this dismal outing as early as his next start. Considering he pitched exceptionally well last week, New York must give him the benefit of the doubt. However, if the right-hander cannot get his act together on April 15 against the Colorado Rockies, the Mets are certainly going to have a problem on their hands.
With ace Johan Santana done for the season and offseason acquisition Shaun Marcum unable to make his New York debut, the Mets cannot afford to have one of their starters get lost on the mound. Gee must do whatever it takes to rebound from the awful outing, and give New York a quality start.