The New York Mets‘ bullpen faltered in a 9-6 defeat at the hands of the lowly Houston Astros Wednesday night in Osceola County Stadium. However, Opening Day starter Dillon Gee and catcher Anthony Recker gave the team something to cheer about.
Gee did not allow a hit in six innings of work, walking only one batter and striking out seven Astros. His earned run average this spring is a measly 1.08.
Gee had an impressive year in 2013, managing to stand out on an impressive pitching staff that also featured Matt Harvey, Zack Wheeler and Jonathon Niese. Gee led the Mets with 12 victories and pitched to a 3.62 era, the third best on the staff.
Gee will attempt to jump-start the Mets’ season with a win when he squares off against Stephen Strasburg and the Washington Nationals on Mar. 31 at Citi Field.
Recker was another bright spot for New York, as he contributed two hits and three RBI in the losing effort, including a two-run home run. Recker now has three homers and nine RBI this spring, to go along with an impressive .324 average.
Recker is trying to make the team as a backup catcher, and seems well on his way to doing so. He’s a legitimate power threat from the right side and could be a nice weapon off the bench. Travis d’Arnaud will start for the Mets behind the plate in 2014.
The bullpen is still a fairly serious issue. The Mets, like most teams in the league, have struggled in this department in recent years. Let’s face it, the seventh inning on is never a fun time for Mets fans. Hopefully tonight’s game was an aberration rather than something to grow accustomed too.
Still, wins and losses don’t mean a whole lot in the spring, and Gee continues to impress. He’s going to be a major part of the rotation in 2014, and it appears that he’s ready for the challenge.