For New York Mets pitcher Dillon Gee, the second half of the 2013 season could not be any different from the second half of the 2012 season. He’s pulled a complete 180 over the past year, going from being on the shelf and irrelevant to the peak of his career and an important part of the Mets’ rotation moving forward.
Gee was shut down at the All-Star break in 2012 because of a blood clot in his shoulder. He wasn’t having overwhelming success before his injury, but he had established himself in the Mets’ starting rotation, and 2012 looked like it was going to be his first full season in the big leagues.
However, his career was in question after being forced to miss the entire second half of the season, as the Mets weren’t sure what Gee would be able to give them this season after missing so much time.
After such a long layoff, Gee did not get off to a good start in 2013. Two months into the season, Gee had a record of 2-6 and an ERA well over six. But a start against the New York Yankees turned his entire season, and potentially his career, completely around. Against a lefty-dominated lineup, Gee was forced to throw his fastball inside, and did so with great success, allowing one run over 7.1 innings while striking out 12.
Following the success he had in that start, Gee continued to throw inside to hitters without fear, which has worked great when combined with his changeup and curveball. The result has been an ERA under three in June, July and August, lowering his season ERA to 3.47, making him the Mets second-most reliable starter this season next to Matt Harvey.
It’s truly been a story of two second halves for Gee. After having to sit out the second half of the 2012 season, Gee has been a revelation during the second half of the 2013 season. The uncertainty of his future that existed a year ago has been replaced with confidence that Gee will pitch well and give the Mets a chance to win nearly every time he takes the mound.
In just one year, he has gone from a huge question mark to being a critical part of the Mets’ future.
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