Even with Johan Santana on the disabled list to start the season, there was still was no room on the Mets’ Opening Day roster for Dillon Gee. However, after Gee had made just two starts in the minors, it was clear that there were issues with the Mets starting rotation. The team made the decision to call him up on April 17th and it is looking like a great move.
Gee’s success may not come as that much a surprise based on the numbers he put up in his short appearance in the majors last season. With just five MLB starts under his belt, it was certainly easy to write those numbers off as just being a hot streak.
It has turned out that is not the case. Gee has been able to repeat the fantastic performance he put on at the end of 2010 during 2011. Gee now has a 3.33 ERA to go along with his 6-0 record. He has become the first rookie starter in Mets history to start a season with six straight wins.
The Mets may have found a new starter for the middle of their rotation for the next few years. Gee will never be a star, his stuff isn’t at that level. However, what Gee can become is still something that is very valuable. He could be one of the better number three pitchers in the game.
At just 25 years old, Gee should continue to improve. Gee’s last outing was his second start against the Braves and he looked even better than he did against them in April. This is an encouraging sign although it is inevitable that Gee will eventually hit some rough spots throughout the year.
With so many questions swirling around the Mets organization, it appears as if Gee’s recent performances have helped answer at least one question about the future.