Because the game wasn’t televised it looks like we all missed a great performance by Mets righthander Dillon Gee on Wednesday night against the Astros.
He tossed six no-hit innings, walked one and struck out seven, and served notice to the National League that he’s back and he’s ready.
“I felt really good out there,” Gee said. “The key is fastball command and tonight I felt pretty sharp. I felt I was throwing the fastball where I wanted to. Good way to end it.”
“I was efficient tonight. I was aggressive. I was locating the ball and throwing off-speed for strikes, and throwing behind in the count,” Gee said. “I did everything you would want to in a game. It was a good tune-up and looking forward to opening day.”
Our opening day starter finishes camp with a 1.08 ERA and more amazing than that, he walked just one batter while striking out 15 in his 16.2 innings of Grapefruit League play. Dillon Gee didn’t back into that season opener. he absolutely earned it.
I’m so proud of how far Gee has come since his career was almost halted due to a life-threatening blood clot in his right arm that required arterial surgery in 2012.
Gee came back in 2013 and led the team with 12 wins last season, making all 32 of his starts and posting a 3.62 ERA and 1.28 WHIP. While his 6.7 strikeout rate won’t turn any heads, this control artist pairs that with a 2.1 walk rate giving him a 3.0 K/BB – second only to Matt Harvey on the team. But that’s not all.
After the All Star break, Gee posted a 2.74 ERA in 13 starts which ranked third in the NL. His 1.08 WHIP and 3.55 K/BB also saw significant gains. In short, Gee ended the season among the top ten pitchers in the league.
Rising through the ranks since being selected in the 21st round of the 2007 draft, nobody has ever mistaken Dillon Gee for a top of the rotation starter. But all he keeps doing is pitch like one.
After all the trade rumors and speculation we’ve heard regarding Gee in the last two years, I’m so glad and relieved that he’s still here. I hope this is the year where he finally gets some long overdue appreciation and recognition from the fans – especially those that look at him as trade bait. He’s a keeper.
Given all that he has done so far in his career with the Mets and what he’s had to overcome to get to this point, I tip my cap to Dillon and look forward to seeing him throw the first pitch of a new Mets season.