The Mets are planning to promote top-pitching prospect Zack Wheeler next month, which means that someone in the current five-man rotation will be replaced.
For all intents and purposes, it’s going to be a battle between Jeremy Hefner and Gee to secure the fifth and final spot in the rotation.
Hefner did his job, delivering his best pitching performance of the season against the Yankees last night. He pitched six innings while surrendering just three runs, picking up his first win of the season. The Mets also improved to 1-9 in games started by Hefner. Hefner improved to 1-5 with a 4.74 ERA.
Meanwhile, Gee has struggled in his return to the rotation after missing much of last season due to a blood clot in his pitching shoulder. The pressure falls on that right arm tonight against the Yankees as Gee’s spot on the club could be taken by Wheeler in the near future. For the season, Gee is 2-6 with a 6.34 ERA.
For now, it appears that Hefner will keep his spot with last night’s strong performance. Gee needs to hold serve tonight with a similarly effective outing.
The Mets are going for their first sweep of the Yankees in four years tonight at Yankee Stadium. The Mets are also going for their first perfect record in the Subway Series since its beginning in 1997.
The Mets enter tonight’s matchup on a season-high four-game winning streak while the Yankees have dropped a season-high four straight.
The Yankees send 25-year-old Vidal Nuno (1-1, 1.93) to the mound against Gee.