Dillon Gee was absolutely superb for the Mets, pitching eight shutout innings and allowing only three hits. Gee struck out six and lowered his ERA to an impressive 2.88 with Sunday’s performance.
The Mets have been surprisingly good in the early going, posting a 14-11 record. However, New York has struggled to score runs in the early going, sitting dead last in the National League in batting average, hits and slugging percentage (going into Sunday). On Sunday, the Mets were aided by a two-run home run by Chris Young (just his seventh hit in 36 at bats) and a pair of RBI doubles by David Wright and Lucas Duda.
If the Mets want to stick around in the National League, they’ll need to stabilize their bullpen and come up with clutch hits. Last season, the Pittsburgh Pirates were able to make the playoffs with a subpar hitting club, using a shutdown pen, a consistent group of starting pitchers and just enough clutch hitting to get by.
The Mets look like they might have enough starting pitching to keep their heads above water (if the current five-man rotation can stay healthy), and although they have no ace in their staff, the starting rotation isn’t going to be the main concern. On the other hand, the bullpen is a whole different story. Closer Bobby Parnell is out for the season and the team must now rely on a couple of journeymen in the back end of their rotation in Jose Valverde and Kyle Farnsworth.
The bullpen has already blown five saves this year, which is just one less than their total amount of saves on the season. The Mets get a day off on Monday, before making the short trip to take on the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday.