Dillon Gee had an excellent outing today, and Ike Davis and Jordany Valdespin continued on their hot streaks as the Mets won 3-1 against the Cubs.
Dillon Gee had his longest and most effective outing of the season, going eight innings allowing one run on seven hits while striking out four. Gee had control of all of his pitches, and relied on the aggressive Cubs approach to walk zero batters as well as take swings at the pitches that would generate weak outs. Gee appears to be turning a corner in his development as a pitcher, and despite him not having the stuff to be a number one starter, he has the chance to be one of the best fourth or fifth starters in the NL. Bobby Parnell came out to close the ninth and notched his second save in lieu of Frank Francisco, allowing a hit and striking out a batter. Parnell is key to this bullpen in whichever role he assumes, since he is one of the only pitchers in the Mets bullpen who can get strikeouts.
Offensively, the Mets didn’t go crazy today but continued their home run resurgence as of lately, with Jordany Valdespin hitting his second home run in as many days and Ike Davis continued his torrid hitting as of late with a big two-run homer. The Mets had nine hits overall, and David Wright stole his ninth base on the season.
Player Of The Game: Dillon Gee. Great outing, great composure and continuing the spectacular run of quality Mets starting pitching.
Ike Davis started turning his season around in June, and is keeping the pace. His batting average is .205, and while that is still bad, he hit .264 in June and the season isn’t lost. His defense merits him playing every day.
Bobby Parnell hasn’t been scored on since June 10th, a span of eight and one-third innings, striking out seven and walking none.
Jordany Valdespin may not have great plate discipline, but when he connects he can be a home run threat. ‘Spin has speed as well, and being able to play virtually every position on the field sans catcher and first makes him a weapon off the bench.
On Deck: The Mets will look to win the series against the cubs sending LHP Jonathon Niese to the mound against the Cubs and Chris Volstad. Game time is 1:10 P.M.