Although he would ultimately give up the lead in the eighth inning on a two-run bomb to Cincinnati Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips, New York Mets pitcher Dillon Gee is quietly becoming a reliable top of the rotation starter for the Mets’ staff after starting the season with two very solid outings despite getting no-decisions in both contests. Gee ultimately earned a no-decision today as Ike Davis hit a pinch-hit grand-slam in the bottom of the ninth to give the Mets a 6-3 win, their second of the season.
Gee had given up only one run up until the aforementioned eighth inning and was noticeably tired by the time he faced Phillips, which is something Mets Manager Terry Collins must monitor from now on — as it seems Gee runs out of steam right around the 100-pitch mark. However, he can be relied on to give the club a solid seven innings seemingly every outing, which is absolutely invaluable to an offensively challenged club that is also without their staff ace, Matt Harvey, for what looks to be the entire 2014 campaign coming off surgery last season. Gee would finish with 7.1 innings pitched, gave up three runs (two HRs) on six hits with four strikeouts.
Perhaps what is most impressive about the Mets’ right-hander is that he does not pitch with an overly impressive fastball which averages right around 90 mph, but he has developed good control of his secondary pitches, particularly his slider while sprinkling in a change-up on occasion. Gee has only walked three batters in 13 innings thus far this season.
Considering the Mets have so many young arms in their system — some with the club such as Zack Wheeler, and others on the horizon like Rafael Montero and Noah Syndergaard – it seemed Gee might not be in the club’s long-term plans, but the underrated hurler is doing everything in his power to prove he deserves to be considered as part of the solution. At this point, he’s possibly someone who GM Sandy Alderson might consider to be a contract extension candidate.