What can you say about Dillon Gee that hasn’t been said already?
After another sparkling performance against the Pirates last night, Gee improved his record to 7-0 and became the first rookie in Mets franchise history to open a season by winning his first seven decisions. Gee tossed a career high eight innings and allowed just one earned-run on eight hits, zero walks, and five strikeouts. An amazing 73 of his 104 pitches were strikes.
“He’s really pitching great. We finally figured out a flaw — he can’t bunt,” Collins joked. “We’ve got to work on that. I can’t say enough good things about the job he has done on that mound, controlling his emotions, keeping himself in the game, just making pitches. He’s been really amazing to watch.”
Bobby Ojeda calls him the best pitcher in the rotation and a potential All Star. “He doesn’t have one dominant pitch, but he does have four very good ones and he knows how to locate them and set batters up with them. He’s very poised on the mound and nothing fazes him. Gee always has his head in the game and he knows what he’s doing on that mound.”
The Mets have won all nine of Gee’s starts this season, the crafty right-hander is the first rookie in the majors to open a season with seven consecutive wins since Jered Weaver started 9-0 in 2006.
All of this success really shouldn’t come as a surprise as to anyone. Gee gave Mets fans a glimpse of what was to come at the end of last season when he was arguably the Mets’ best starter and posted a sparkling 2.18 ERA in five September starts.
You could argue that Gee is still the best starting pitcher on the Mets right now and certainly their most consistent too. Since he was called up from Buffalo in mid April, Gee has been nothing short of a revelation and one of the reasons the Mets are still in the hunt.