Ever since Dillon Gee returned to the New York Mets from a two-month stint on the DL, he has been extremely inconsistent. His recent 6.2-inning, two-run outing against the Atlanta Braves was a solid one, however, and it was the type of start that Gee needed in order to get back on track.
Over the second half of the season, fans would see glimpses of him breaking out, but he would never build off of it. Going forward, he needs to relay that momentum from his success on Tuesday. I’m not asking him to completely shut down the opposition for the rest of the season, but I would like him to return to the pitcher he was before the injury.
He was the type of guy that the team can count on to toss six or seven innings strong innings and keep the Mets in the ball game. Far too often over the second half of the season, the Mets fell way behind in Gee’s starts, and it would be tough for them to come back due to their lack of offense. This guy is simply a much better pitcher than what he’s been showing, and he needs to finish off the year strong.
Gee doing so would build his confidence going into next year, and the Mets need their Opening Day starter to be successful even in as a symbolic gesture to the fans. He is a big piece in the rotation right now, and the Mets have felt his struggles over the second half of the season.
Most importantly, however, a strong finish would boost his trade value. I’m not saying the Mets are going to trade him, but it is no secret that the Mets will be in the market to acquire a bat or two in the offseason and they have an abundance of pitching — so someone will be getting traded.