Dillon Gee Is Becoming The New York Mets’ Most Reliable Starting Pitcher
Since the New York Yankees series last season, Gee has an ERA of 2.66. When it comes to Gee, efficiency is the key. He has the ability to throw every one of his pitches effectively and accurately. By doing so, he can go late into games and take the pressure of the Mets’ bullpen, which has its own issues to worry about. But every time Gee toes the rubber this season, the bullpen’s workload is shortened because he is averaging almost seven innings per outing. After a less-than-stellar beginning to his season, Gee has only given up two earned runs in his last four starts, a stretch that has lowered his ERA to 2.51 on the year.
In the series finale against the Rockies, the Mets needed Gee to come up with a big performance to avoid a four-game sweep, and that he did. In the first three games, the Rockies scored 28 runs. On Sunday, Gee held them scoreless for six innings. Every rotation needs a “stopper”, a guy who a team can turn to when they need to end a losing streak, and Gee continues to show that he has the capability to assume that role.
Gee’s not going to overpower hitters. His his fastball sits in the high 80s and low 90s, but he does get batters to put the ball in play, usually via the ground ball. This year alone, Gee gets 42 percent of his outs by forcing ground balls. It’s this sort of efficiency that makes him an extremely effective pitcher when he is on his game. Every time he takes the mound, you know what you are going to get from him. He doesn’t walk anybody, and he makes batters put the ball in play in order to beat him.
Gee does everything you ask of out of a pitcher and that includes defense. In Sunday’s game against Colorado, he made an amazing behind-the-back grab of a ground ball back up the middle. A couple of starts ago against the Arizona Diamondbacks, he made a heads-up play at second base to tag out the runner trying to stretch his single into a double. There aren’t many things that he doesn’t do well.
When the Mets’ highly touted pitching prospects make their debuts in the majors later this year, there’s going to be an odd-man out in the Mets’ starting rotation. With the way Gee has been pitching of late, I’d say his spot is pretty secure.
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