Mets have officially announced that Dillon Gee will be their Opening Day starter vs. the Washington Nationals on March 31.
Terry Collins made the announcement after Monday’s 5-3 win over the Cardinals.
Congrats to Dillon who finished strong last season.
Dillon Gee, who has been slated as the Mets Opening Day starter, pitched his second to last game of the Spring today against the Twins and was satisfied with his performance, “I am happy with what I did today. I located well and threw my off speed pitches for strikes,” says Gee.
“That was outstanding. Even the umpire said every pitch he threw was going one way or the other. It’s a great sign. He felt great. He’s looked great,” says Terry Collins.
Gee threw five innings, giving up a run, on five hits, struck out four and has one more game before he finishes out the Spring.
When the official word comes down that will make Gee the Mets 23rd Opening Day starter, he will be ready and elated to get the start, “It will be a huge honor, says the right hander.
Watching Gee throw today, it is very evident that he is ready and should be given the opening day nod. He located his fastball and off-speed pitches well and is poised and ready to get the start. He says that the official word has not been given to him yet and that even his family has been anxiously asking, “I am still waiting on the final word, everyone is congratulating me, and my family is hearing about it and I tell them I haven’t been told yet.”
Having a healthy and dominate Gee will really help the rest of the rotation, and will give the Mets another quality arm that they can count on. The key is that he is ready and he feels he is, “I am ready to start the season. I feel really good,” says a confident Gee.
Let the games begin, the season can not start any quicker. LGM!
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