After several tough starts New York Mets‘ starting pitcher Dillon Gee finally got back on the right track in the team’s 2-1 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies in extra innings. Tonight Gee went seven solid innings allowing one run and three hits while striking out four. It was certainly Gee’s best start to date and he must build off this outing and use it as momentum going forward.
We have seen Gee be less than stellar since he returned from injury, but tonight it finally looked like he was in the zone. He had it working from the very first inning of tonight’s game, he wasn’t falling behind hitters and wasn’t missing with his pitches like he was in previous starts. Tonight we saw the pitcher that looked like an All-Star over the first two months of the season. This pitcher is capable of being this guy every time he takes the mound and can be a front-line starter for the Mets.
I knew that Gee would eventually find his way – I was not worried after he got roughed up a couple of times. After missing that much time in the middle of a season, there certainly needs to be an adjustment period when returning. Gee got his feet wet in his first couple of starts back and was hit hard, his last start against the San Francisco Giants was better as he went 5.2 innings allowing two runs on five hits and striking out six.
Tonight the results were there and Gee turned in a performance that was way overdue. I am confident that he has found his groove and is going to be the shutdown pitcher that he is capable of being for the rest of the year. In order for the Mets to succeed over the remainder of the season they need Gee to play a significant role if that is going to happen. Tonight was certainly a step in the right direction and even though he didn’t receive a win for his efforts, he was certainly the star of the game for the Mets.
The Mets need Gee to be this caliber of pitcher as the season continues, like I said, he is a big part of what they do and having him struggle like he did was not good at all. Now that it seems like he is back on track. Opposing teams must be fearful of this rotation, especially if Jon Niese can find his rhythm as well. The Mets needed their Opening Day starter and they got that guy back tonight.
Gee will next take the ball on Thursday, when the Mets take on the Washington Nationals, in what should be a big game for both sides. The Mets currently trail the Nationals by 7.5 games, so every game with them will be pivotal. This team can not afford to fall any further behind the Nationals, so making up ground head to head would be the best case scenario. It is essential that Gee takes care of business in his next start.