After he became the de facto No. 1 starter for the New York Mets on Opening Day, many skeptics questioned whether Dillon Gee was anything close to being an ace. But a little more than a month into the season, there’s no question that Gee is one of the Mets’ top starters, and he showed that on Sunday when he helped deliver a much-needed win for the Mets that prevented a four-game sweep at the hands of the Colorado Rockies.
After losing the first three games of the series in large part because of a bad turn through the rotation by Bartolo Colon, Zack Wheeler and Jenrry Mejia in the always hitter-friendly Coors Field, Gee threw six shutout innings against a red-hot Rockies lineup to give the Mets a comfortable win.
Gee may not look like an ace from the outside because he only has average velocity and lacks plus secondary pitches, but he looked the part of an ace on Sunday. The Mets needed someone to stop their three-game losing streak in its tracks, and Gee did exactly that, just like an ace should.
The Mets didn’t need someone who could throw 98 and strike out 15 batters; they needed someone who could put zeroes on the board. Gee shut down a team that had knocked the Mets’ pitching staff around for the last three days and delivered a win that the team needed.
Obviously, Gee isn’t the most conventional ace, but when the Mets needed him to play that role for them on Sunday, he came through for them. It’s why he was the right choice to be the team’s Opening Day starter, and it’s why nobody should be surprised if Gee delivers a great performance every time his team needs him to the rest of the season.