With the New York Mets losing Dillon Gee from their starting rotation due to injury and moving Jenrry Mejia to the bullpen, the pitching depth in their farm system has been a big help, with Jacob deGrom making a quality start in four of his five appearances and Rafael Montero briefly injecting some life into the Mets’ pitching staff. But a month after his last start, the absence of Gee in the Mets’ rotation is starting to loom large.
After being the de facto Opening Day starter for the Mets this season, Gee turned into the team’s ace for the first month of the season. When the team has needed a great performance to stop a losing skid, Gee was able to deliver, much like an ace does. But after missing the past month, the Mets are starting to feel his absence, especially during their current six-game losing streak during which the Mets could have used a slump-busting start from Gee.
Obviously, there’s no guarantee that the Mets would have won a game if Gee were an active member in the rotation, but after six straight losses, there’s no doubt that his presence in the rotation would have been helpful.
With the Mets going through a rough time, they could use a steady and reliable presence in their rotation, and that’s what Gee gives them. Even after a great start to his big league career, the Mets have to expect some growing pains from deGrom, while Zack Wheeler and Bartolo Colon are bound to have a bump in the road every now and then even though both have pitched great as of late.
The Mets are also relying on Daisuke Matsuzaka to hold down the fifth spot in the rotation until Gee can return from the DL, and while Matsuzaka works fine as a fill-in, he is far less reliable than Gee.
The Mets were able to survive Gee’s absence in the short term because of their young pitching, but now that he’s been out for a full month, it’s hard to argue that the Mets aren’t feeling the effects of his long absence. With a losing streak at six games and counting, there’s no doubt that Gee can’t return to the Mets’ rotation soon enough.