Mets Merized Online » gee http://metsmerizedonline.com Tue, 03 Mar 2015 14:55:17 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.5 Gee Feels Fine After Rehab Start, Cyclones Drop Rubber Game To Staten Island http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/06/dillon-gee-makes-rehab-start-cyclones-drop-rubber-game-to-staten-island.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/06/dillon-gee-makes-rehab-start-cyclones-drop-rubber-game-to-staten-island.html/#comments Mon, 30 Jun 2014 12:00:48 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=159470 Dillon Gee warming up in the bullpen (Photo by Diana Colapietro)

Dillon Gee warming up in the bullpen (Photo by Diana Colapietro)

BROOKYLN, N.Y. – On Sunday afternoon at MCU Park in Coney Island, Mets’ starting pitcher Dillon Gee returned to his old stomping grounds as he made a rehab start for the Brooklyn Cyclones.

Gee settled in nicely after a rough first inning and tossed 2.2 innings, but he was tagged with the loss after giving up a run on four hits. He also walked one and struck out six.

The Cyclones (11-6) dropped the rubber game 5-4 Sunday against the Staten Island Yankees in the “Battle of the Bridge” series.

Gee threw 55 pitches – which was the exact number he was slated to throw – in addition to a 30-pitch warm-up session. He has been on the disabled list with a strained lat muscle in his right side since May 14.

This was Gee’s second rehab start, as he also started a game last Tuesday in the Gulf Coast League. In that outing, he pitched two scoreless innings and allowed only one hit with two strikeouts.

“I feel good right now, but the big test is always the next day. So hopefully everything goes the way that it’s been going, and hopefully I’ll be out there for the next one.”

It took Gee 24 pitches to get through the first inning Sunday. Yankees’ center fielder Daniel Lopez led off with a bloop double to right. Gee proceeded to walk right fielder Austin Aune before an RBI single up the middle by second baseman Ty McFarland on an 0-2 pitch up in the zone that gave the Yankees their only run off Gee.

He then gave up a single to Yankees’ catcher Isaias Tejeda before striking out two and getting a fielder’s choice grounder to end the inning.

Gee minimized the damage in the first inning, allowing only one run. (Photo by Diana Colapietro)

Gee minimized the damage in the first inning, allowing only one run. (Photo by Diana Colapietro)

“It took me a few batters that first inning to get under control,” Gee said. “I’m not going to lie, I had a little adrenaline going into this game. But I felt fine physically and that’s the goal.”

Gee’s second inning started with an error by Cyclones’ second baseman Anthony Chavez. Gee struck out the next batter but then gave up a single to Lopez before retiring the next two.

With 46 pitches through two innings, Gee returned for the top of the third and struck out both men he faced before being relieved by Josh Prevost. Of Gee’s 55 pitches, 36 went for strikes.

He said he would like to improve upon his fastball command in his next start, which the team will determine sometime after reevaluating him Monday to see how he feels.

“The change-up was pretty good, and the slider was actually pretty good,” Gee said. “The off-speed stuff was pretty good for the most part. I just have to get ahead of hitters better. No matter which level you’re at, you have to pitch ahead.”

At age 21, Gee was a member of the 2007 Brooklyn Cyclones. He was mostly a reliever until being called upon to make 11 starts later in the season. He finished that campaign 3-1 with a 2.28 ERA as a starter.

“It’s pretty special this being the place that I started,” he said. “It’s changed so much. It’s a great place to play, it’s a great place to start your pro career, and to come back and make a rehab start here was a lot of fun. It’s good to come back to the place where you start your career.”

Gee is the first Cyclone to be named an Opening Day starter for the Mets. His outing Sunday was the 19th time in Cyclones’ franchise history that a Met played a rehab game in Brooklyn. Gee also became the second player to play for the Cyclones as a minor leaguer and Major Leaguer, joining Angel Pagan who played on the inaugural Cyclones team in 2001 and then with Brooklyn in a rehab game in 2008.

The game remained 1-0 until the top of the sixth inning when the Yankees tagged Brooklyn righty Corey Oswalt – who had been working on a 13.0-inning scoreless streak through his first two starts – for four runs as they batted around in the frame.

But the Cyclones immediately responded in the bottom of the inning by batting around themselves and plating four runs.

With the bases loaded and none out, third baseman Jhoan Ureña drove in the first run on what would have been an RBI ground out, but Yankees’ pitcher David Palladino dropped the ball covering the bag. Michael Bernal, Tyler Moore and Jeff Diehl each followed with RBI’s.

In the final three innings, the Cyclones only managed two hits against the Yankees’ bullpen and struck out five times. They wound up getting the tying and winning run in scoring position with two outs in the ninth, but catcher Tomas Nido went down swinging to end the threat.

On a positive note, Brooklyn reliever Scarlyn Reyes continues to shine as he threw 3.1 innings of hitless relief.

Meanwhile, Ureña doubled to left field in the first inning to increase his hitting streak to 10 games, becoming only the second Cyclone teenager (19 years old) to have a double-digit hitting streak joining outfielder Alhaji Turay who hit in 12 straight games in 2012.

The Cyclones have Monday off and open a three-game series with the Hudson Valley Renegades, the Single-A short season affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays, Tuesday upstate. Lefty Alberto Baldonado will bid for his first win of the season in the 7:05 p.m. start.

Click here to view the complete box score of this game.

Gee addresses the media after his start. (Photo by Jim Mancari)

Gee addresses the media after his start. (Photo by Jim Mancari)

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MMO Game Thread: Mets vs Angels, 9:05 PM http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/04/mmo-game-thread-mets-vs-angels-905-pm.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/04/mmo-game-thread-mets-vs-angels-905-pm.html/#comments Sat, 12 Apr 2014 21:44:21 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=153129 USATSI  jon niese

The Mets and Angels will play the middle game of their weekend series when Jon Niese opposes Jared Weaver at 9:05 PM.

Niese lasted 5 2/3 innings, giving up a pair of runs on six hits, in a 2-1 loss to the Reds in his season debut. He was on a 90-pitch limit after missing time this spring with elbow discomfort.

“We’re going to take the shackles off,” Mets manager Terry Collins said. “It will probably be around 105 pitches. He looked pretty good to 90 the other day.”

Travis d’Arnaud homered for the first time in 110 at-bats when he took Tyler Skaggs deep in the third inning to even the score at 2-2 at the time. D’Arnaud’s only other big-league homer came last Aug. 25 against Detroit’s Rick Porcello.

Juan Lagares has hit in six straight games, going 6-22 (.273) and has at least one hit in nine of the 10 games he’s played this season. Overall, Lagares is batting .297 (11-37) with a .341 on-base percentage and has a team-leading six RBI.

Daniel Murphy has at least one hit in seven of the eight games he’s played this year. Murphy is 5-9 over his last two games and has hit in four straight games (6-18, .333). He is hitting .318 for his career with runners in scoring position.

Starting Lineup

  1. Eric Young, Jr. – LF
  2. Daniel Murphy – 2B
  3. David Wright – 3B
  4. Curtis Granderson – RF
  5. Ike Davis - 1B
  6. Lucas Duda – DH
  7. Juan Lagares – CF
  8. Anthony Recker – C
  9. Omar Quintanilla – SS

Game Preview

The Mets continue their series tonight with the Angels as they try to bounce back from their close, 5-4 loss in the series opener. Gee was a little flat at points last night and the team just couldn’t get enough done on the base paths to propel to victory. Tonight, Jon Niese will get his second start of the season as he squares off against Jered Weaver.

Jon Niese had a successful start to the season even though he picked up the loss as he pitched 5.2 innings allowing 2 ER and 6 hits while walking one and striking out 4. His one start against the Angels was forgettable as he allowed 4 ER, 5 total over 4.0 innings with 8 hits. However, the wealth of players who have moved to the Angels in recent years has resulted in some history between the Angels and Niese:

  • Ibanez 4-16, HR
  • Freese 0-9
  • Iannetta 2-6
  • Pujols 2-7, 2B, HR
  • Aybar 1-3, 3B
  • Stewart 1-3
  • Kendrick 0-2

Jered Weaver is 0-2 over his first two starts this season allowing 9 runs, 8 earned over 12 innings. In that time he has allowed 11 hits, walked three batters and struck out 12. Last season he went 11-8 with a 3.27 ERA over 24 games and 154.1 innings of work while striking out 117. The season before that he won a league leading 20 games in 30 starts over 188.2 innings. He has made one start against the Mets where he allowed 6 ER over 6.1 innings with 8 hits. The Mets have the following numbers against Weaver:

  • Granderson 10-27, 5 HR
  • Wright 0-3
  • And that’s it. Thanks to a young, National League roster vs an American League team.

Lets Go Mets!

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Dillon Gee Keeps Exceeding Expectations http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/02/dillon-gee-keeps-exceeding-expectations.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/02/dillon-gee-keeps-exceeding-expectations.html/#comments Wed, 05 Feb 2014 19:47:00 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=147273  dillon gee

Adam Rubin posted a great article on Dillon Gee that I would encourage all of you to read. In it, Gee talks about a number of issues both on and off the field including his ordeal with the blocked artery that endangered his health and career.

When asked to share his experience rehabbing from emergency surgery to address a 96 percent blockage of an artery that supplied blood to his pitching arm, Gee said:

“Last year I told myself every day that I was going to be fine. And the doctors told me I was going to be fine,” Gee says. “But there’s always that little bit of uncertainty when you start playing catch and then you go into the season.”

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Gee, 27, was the recipient of the 2013 Thurman Munson Award for his charitable work with the children of 9/11 victims. He and his wife Kari Ann recently welcomed their first son Hudson in November.

The Mets righthander was rewarded in arbitration last month and will see his salary rise from $527,375 in 2013 to $3.625 million for the 2014 season.

I love the Dillon Gee story… He comes back from a career threatening blood clot that required arterial surgery and delivers a solid campaign in which he led the team in wins while posting a career best 3.64 ERA and 2.1 BB/9.

He got off to a rusty start in April, but got progressively better as the season wore on and posted some of the best second half numbers in the National League with a 2.74 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and an opposing .280 on-base percentage.

Gee symbolizes what the Mets have been trying to do over the last several seasons and that is to throw strikes and command the zone. He shows that you don’t necessarily need a 98 mph fastball to succeed as long as you can spot your pitches and change speeds the way he does.

Gee is as close to a keeper as one could get, and with all the fireballers expected to pack this rotation by 2015, the Mets are going to need a pitcher like Gee who offers a different look that will only enhance his rotation-mates’ performances and confound opposing teams.

Expect an even better season from Gee in 2014 who has lifted himself from a number five starter to somewhere in the top three spots.

With his health issues behind him (as his numbers have shown), look for Gee to give the team 200 or more innings this season. He is not a power pitcher, but his fastball looks better when his change-up and breaking balls are working.

Gee has already won 13 games (2011) and 12 (last year), so with a little run support and an improved bullpen it is conceivable that he could be a 15-game winner. He has become an integral part of the Mets rotation, and his career performance has quieted his detractors who saw him as a spot starter when he first arrived. Gee is a hell of a lot more than that.

(Photo courtesy of Dillon Gee)

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Mets Agree On $1.6 Million Deal With Lucas Duda To Avoid Arbitration http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/01/mets-agree-on-1-6-million-deal-with-lucas-duda-to-avoid-arbitration.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/01/mets-agree-on-1-6-million-deal-with-lucas-duda-to-avoid-arbitration.html/#comments Wed, 22 Jan 2014 19:49:58 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=140104 Lucas-Duda

The Mets and Lucas Duda have agreed to a one-year deal worth $1.6375 million to avoid arbitration according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post.

Duda had requested a 2014 salary of $1.9 million, while the Mets had countered at $1.35 million.

Mets Arbitration Summary:

Lucas Duda - $1.6375 million
Dillon Gee - $3.625 million
Daniel Murphy – $5.7 million, $50,000 bonus for 500 plate appearances.
Ike Davis – $3.5 million
Bobby Parnell – $3.7 million, $50,000 bonus for 60 appearances.
Eric Young Jr, – $1.85 million
Ruben Tejada – $1.1 million

(Updated 1/22)

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2013 Season Review: Dillon Gee, RHP http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/10/2013-season-review-dillon-gee-rhp.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/10/2013-season-review-dillon-gee-rhp.html/#comments Wed, 16 Oct 2013 13:41:21 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=131192 dillon gee

DILLON GEE, RHP

PRESEASON EXPECTATIONS

Coming off surgery, the expectations were minimal because the Mets didn’t know what they were getting. The surgery was to repair an artery in his shoulder after experiencing numbness in his hand and fingers. As a “feel’’ pitcher, this type of injury was especially serious because it prevented him from getting a grip on his breaking balls and change-up, which were essential to his success. When healthy the book on Gee was is reliability as he pitched at least five innings in 17 starts in 2012, and 12 of those starts were defined as quality. However, like a lot of Mets’ pitchers there was a problem with run support, as he finished 6-7. His 97-29 strikeouts-to-walks ratio was good. If healthy, the Mets slotted him in as the No. 3 starter behind Matt Harvey and Jon Niese.

CAREER STATS

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2013 SEASON REVIEW

Gee said he felt good, but it was clear he didn’t have it in the beginning of the season as he was 2-6 with a 5.68 ERA in late May and there talk whether he was lose his job in the rotation when Zack Wheeler was to be promoted to the majors. Then it was as a switch was turned on as he gave up a run in 7.1 innings and struck out 12 in a victory at Yankee Stadium, May 30. All of a sudden, Gee’s change-up was working and Gee went on a roll where he worked into the seventh inning or later in 10 of his next 12 starts. When Harvey went down, Niese had a shoulder issue, and Wheeler was finding his way, Gee emerged as the Mets’ most reliable pitcher. Gee finished at with a 12-11 record with an impressive 3.62 ERA, a 1.21 WHIP, and a 3-1 strikeouts-to-walks ratio. Most importantly to Gee, he started 32 games and threw a career-high 199 innings.

LOOKING AT 2014

John Delcos Says: Gee thinks, and rightfully so, that he should throw 200 innings every year. With Harvey gone for the season, he and Niese are slotted 1-2 in the rotation, followed by Wheeler and as of now two question marks. Gee said his health issues are behind him, and the numbers substantiate that claim. Gee is not a power pitcher, but his fastball looks better when his change-up and breaking balls are working. Gee has won 13 games (2011) and 12 (last year), so with a little run support and improved bullpen it is conceivable he could be a 15-game winner. If he makes all his starts and throws 200 innings, then the wins should fall into place. Gee enters the 2014 season as a given in the rotation, and with it, higher expectations than he’s ever had.

Joe D. Says: I love the Dillon Gee story… He comes back from a career threatening blood clot that required arterial surgery and delivers a solid campaign in which he led the team in wins while posting a career best 3.64 ERA and 2.1 BB/9. He got off to a rusty start in April, but got progressively better as the season wore on and posted some of the best second half numbers in the National League with a 2.74 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and an opposing .280 on-base percentage.

Gee symbolizes what the Mets have been trying to do over the last several seasons and that is to throw strikes and command the zone. He shows that you don’t necessarily need a 98 mph fastball to succeed as long as you can spot your pitches and change speeds the way he does.

The Matt Harvey injury means his job is safe, although I wouldn’t be shocked to read a plethora of posts suggesting the Mets trade him. Gee is as close to a keeper as one could get, and with all the fireballers expected to pack this rotation by 2015, the Mets are going to need a pitcher like Gee who offers a different look that would only enhance his rotation-mates’ performances and confound opposing teams. Expect an even better season from Gee in 2014 who has lifted himself from number five starter to somewhere in the top three spots.

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Mets Fall Short in Gee’s Final Start of the Year http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/09/mets-fall-short-in-gees-final-start-of-the-year.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/09/mets-fall-short-in-gees-final-start-of-the-year.html/#comments Fri, 27 Sep 2013 03:08:43 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=130099 david wright

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The Mets (73-86) lost to the Brewers (72-87) by a score of 4-2 on Thursday night at Citi Field.

Dillon Gee took the ball for the final time this season, and struggled a bit. Dillon gave up 2 walks and 4 singles in the 2nd inning, which allowed Milwaukee to score the only 4 runs they would need. Gee did settle down after that, pitching scoreless ball the rest of the way before departing after the sixth with 4 runs, 7 hits, 2 walks, and 2 strikeouts on his line.

The Mets got a run back in the 3rd, when Eric Young walked, stole 2nd (bringing him to 44 on the season, which ties him for the NL lead), and eventually game around to score on a groundout by Daniel Murphy.

Johnny Hellweg went up and in to the next batter, David Wright, and caught him on the helmet with a fastball. Wright was down for a minute or so, but managed to leave the field on his own power after what seemed to (fortunately) be just a glancing blow.

Both teams had chances throughout the game after that point, but neither team managed to get a run on the board until the 9th. Josh Satin hit a ball out to left field which was deemed a home run after video review (bless the robot umps!). With 2 out, Justin Turner hit a rocket to center that went for a double, bringing Lucas Duda to the plate as the tying run. Lucas, however, was unable to capitalize (sound familiar?), as he went down swinging to end the ballgame.

Dillon Gee had one awful inning, but was solid for his other 5 frames. Gee finishes his 2013 season with a 12-11 record and a 3.62 ERA, with a 1.28 WHIP and 142 strikeouts against 47 walks in 199 innings. Gee was dreadful for the first 2 months, but his start against the Yankees in early June completely changed his season, and from that point on, Gee was one of the best pitchers in baseball, putting up a 2.79 ERA after June 1st. After seeing him go through a major health scare last season, it is a relief to see that Dillon is back on track, and this season he showed that he can be a big part of this rotation going forward (or a nice trade chip, if Sandy Alderson decides to go down that path). Don’t be too surprised if Terry sneaks Gee in for 1 more inning in relief this weekend; 200 innings pitched is a very nice milestone for a pitcher.

David Wright can’t catch a break. Less than a week after returning from a long stint on the DL, David got hit in the head, sending him to the ground and giving everybody watching some major Matt Cain Flashbacks. David appeared to be fine (he did not need help walking off the field), but Terry Collins was absolutely right to take him out of the game; there is no reason to risk anything at this point in the year (or ever, when it comes to head injuries). Wright has only played 2 full seasons in the past 5 years… if the Mets want to contend, they need their best player to be on the field.

Eric Young stole 2 more bases tonight. Young provides great defense in the outfield and incredible speed at the top of the lineup, and has definitely earned himself a spot on the club next year, possibly in a starting role.

Travis d’Arnaud is really starting to put it together. Travis went 2-3 with a walk tonight, and finally has his average up to 200. Travis is now 10 for his last 25 (.286) and continues to boost his OBP by drawing walks thanks to his great plate discipline. I would like to see more of the defense we have heard so much about (seriously… is he an elite defender or not? If he is, it shouldn’t take very long to show up, unless he is just getting comfortable). I would also like to see a bit more power; the Mets need Travis to be a 25-30 HR guy. Still, he is getting on base more and more often as the season winds down, and it is good to see that our best prospect is starting to put it all together.

The biggest negative from tonight? We lost… which is actually a positive. Studies have shown that it is better to have a top-ten draft pick than it is to not have a first-round pick at all.

The Mets have 3 more games left in 2013, and it would be nice to see the younger players continue to develop as the team plays out the string, so we can have more to look forward to heading into 2014, which is such an important year for this franchise.

The Mets will take on the Brewers at 7:10 PM on Friday night. Carlos Torres (4-5, 3.36 ERA) will face off against Yovani Gallardo (11-10, 4.23 ERA) at Citi Field.

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Suddenly, Gee Has Become The Mets’ Most Reliable Starter http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/09/suddenly-gee-has-become-the-mets-most-reliable-starter.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/09/suddenly-gee-has-become-the-mets-most-reliable-starter.html/#comments Thu, 05 Sep 2013 12:04:48 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=128575 dillon gee

There was something Sandy Alderson said during his interview on WFAN on Tuesday that made me laugh. When Mike Francesa brought up how well Dillon Gee had been pitching, the Mets GM responded:

“I told Dillon after his last game, remember what I told you two months ago: The other guys are getting the headlines, and you’re getting the wins.”

In his team-leading and career-high 28th start, Gee delivered another stellar performance and held the Braves to one run in seven innings on Wednesday as the Mets avoided a sweep and won the series finale 5-2.

Gee, whose ERA stood at an unsightly 6.34 after his first ten starts, improved to 11-9 on the season with a 3.53 ERA. He’s on a remarkable 18 start stretch in which he’s produced a 2.40 ERA. He now leads the team in starts as well as wins, and who could honestly say they saw that coming?

“My main goals this year coming into spring training were to get to 200 innings and take the ball every time it was my turn,” said Gee after the game. “I’ve done that so far.”

Coming into this season, there were doubts about Gee’s ability to hold onto a rotation spot. There were serious concerns about his ability to come back from surgery to repair an artery in his shoulder after an MRI revealed a dangerous blood clot. It’s safe to say that Gee has exceeded all expectations and has solidified himself as one of the mainstays in the Mets rotation.

“I have never been that highly touted guy that everybody knew had great stuff,” Gee said.

Part of the reason for his success has been his improved control and command which cannot be understated. In his last ten starts he has a 1.94 ERA in 69.2 innings with 12 walks and 37 strikeouts. In seven of those ten starts he’s walked one or less batters.

“He is not walking anybody,” said Terry Collins. “And therefore he’s saving those pitches and he’s getting easy outs.”

Gee has given the Mets a certain comfort level after the stunning news that Matt Harvey could be facing Tommy John surgery this winter. The righthander now gives the Mets a starter than can be relied on to take the ball every five days and deliver a quality start.

Once looked upon as just a number five or spot starter, Gee is now the veteran of the rotation and he gives the Mets a little bit of certainty as they head into next season with a number of serious questions – chief among them being the Harvey situation.

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D’Arnaud Homers, But Mets Can’t Avoid Sweep After 11-3 Mauling By Tigers http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/08/darnaud-homers-but-mets-cant-avoid-sweep-after-11-3-mauling-by-tigers.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/08/darnaud-homers-but-mets-cant-avoid-sweep-after-11-3-mauling-by-tigers.html/#comments Mon, 26 Aug 2013 02:27:34 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=127836 tigers

TIGERS LEAVE METS IN TATTERS AFTER 11-3 MAULING

The Mets got pounced on by the Tigers who beat them 11-3 this afternoon at Citi Field to complete a three game sweep and leave them licking their wounds.

Dillon Gee started for the Mets and wasn’t nearly as sharp as we’ve seen from him of late. The right-hander let up four runs and got knocked around for ten hits including home runs to Andy Dirks and Miguel Cabrera, his 42nd homer of the season. Gee walked two and struck out two in his 6.0 innings of work while seeing his ERA rise to 3.69 for the season.

After David Aardsma gave up a single to start off the seventh, Scott Rice came in and got all three outs in the seventh. Carlos Torres followed that up with a scoreless eighth. Then came the ugliest ninth inning of relief I’ve seen this season…. This was brutal to watch…

LaTroy Hawkins came in to pitch the ninth and gives up three straight singles to load the bases with one out. Victor Martinez then stepped up to the plate and ripped another single to drive home Torii Hunter. Things got uglier when Hawkins walked Andy Dirks to force home another run and chase Hawkins out of the game with the Tigers up 6-3.

But the worst was yet to come…

Scott Atchison relieved Hawkins and was immediately greeted by an RBI-single by Omar Infante. He then uncorks a wild pitch that allowed the runner from third to score. Back-to-back singles would plate another pair of runs, and then another wild pitch would bring the runners to get into scoring position. A sacrifice fly would follow and when it was all over, the Tigers were ahead 11-3. Wow…

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The only highlight of the game for the Mets, came in the bottom of the fourth inning. Center fielder Juan Lagares singled with two outs to bring up catcher Travis d’Arnaud, who then blasted a 2-run homer to deep left-center to give the Mets a very temporary 3-2 lead. It was his second big league hit since his promotion and his first major-league homer which came on a 90 mph fastball.

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After rounding the bases and greeting Lagares at home, D’Arnaud then came out of the dugout for a curtain call and waved his hat to the fans at Citi Field who were still applauding.

“I just put my head down and started running,” d’Arnaud said. “The fans let me know it was gone.” D’Arnaud called it an unbelievable experience. “I was speechless. It was an unbelievable feeling.”

Aside from that, this was a brutal game and the Mets were absolutely annihilated by the Tigers this weekend, who swept the series and left the Mets for dead.

The Mets will try to recover tomorrow when they host the Phillies for the start of a four-game set at Citi Field. Rookie Zack Wheeler will oppose the veteran Cliff Lee at 7:10 PM.

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Mets vs Dodgers: Young Gets Night Off, Turner Batting Fifth, Davis In Against Capuano http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/08/mets-vs-dodgers-young-gets-night-off-turner-batting-fifth-davis-in-against-capuano.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/08/mets-vs-dodgers-young-gets-night-off-turner-batting-fifth-davis-in-against-capuano.html/#comments Wed, 14 Aug 2013 22:38:37 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=127108 dillon gee

Mets at Dodgers • 10:10 PM • Dodger Stadium

Dillon Gee (8-8, 3.82) vs Chris Capuano (4-6, 4.50)

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Starting Lineup

  1. Juan Lagares CF
  2. Daniel Murphy 2B
  3. Josh Satin 3B
  4. Marlon Byrd RF
  5. Justin Turner SS
  6. Ike Davis 1B
  7. Andrew Brown LF
  8. John Buck C
  9. Dillon Gee RHP

Game Notes 

  • Matt Harvey is enjoying a spectacular season, but as he showed Tuesday, even he is susceptible to a bad night. Lacking command of his off-speed pitches, Harvey was tagged for four runs on eight hits over six innings against the Dodgers, his ERA rising from 2.09 to 2.23.
  • Wilmer Flores, who tweaked his right ankle in the series opener Monday rounding second base, was held out of the lineup Tuesday after the ankle worsened. Flores could be a candidate for the disabled list if the condition doesn’t improve. Flores is hitting .259 with a home run and nine RBIs over his first seven major league games.
  • Dillon Gee takes an 8-8 record and 3.82 ERA into his start Wednesday against the Dodgers. Gee was stellar in his last outing, giving up just one run on eight hits over 7 2/3 innings in a 2-1 win over the Rockies. Gee is 2-1 with a 1.43 ERA over his last five starts. In three career starts vs. the Dodgers, Gee is 0-2 with a 4.76 ERA.
  • Juan Lagares hit his second homer in his past four games (third in 78 games this season) to give the Mets ahead 1-0 in the first inning against the Dodgers on Tuesday. Lagares is batting .313 (30-for-96) with six doubles, three triples, three homers and 14 RBIs in 26 games since the All-Star break.
  • LaTroy Hawkins has a 0.75 ERA since the All-Star break, fifth best in the National League with a minimum on 10 innings pitched. He’s given up one earned run in 12 innings. Hawkins has issued just nine walks on the season.
  • Jeremy Hefner is scheduled for a follow-up examination Wednesday on his sore right elbow, which has caused him discomfort since spring training. Hefner, who was optioned to the minors on Sunday, may land on the disabled list.

Game Preview

The Mets have dropped their last two at Dodgers Stadium and they look to correct that tonight as Dillon Gee goes up against a former Met in Chris Capuano. Dillon Gee is 8-8 this season with a 3.82 ERA over 139.0 innings while striking out 101 batters. In his last two starts he has pitched 14.2 innings allowing only 2 ER (one in each start) and two walks while striking out 7 batters. He missed the Dodgers earlier this year but last year he allowed 4 runs, 2 earned over 6 innings of work. The Dodgers have the following numbers against him:

Uribe 1-7, 2B
Ethier 0-4
AJ Ellis 1-3, 2B
Gordon 1-2
Ramirez 1-2

The Mets get a look at their strong starter back in the 2011 season tonight. Chris is 4-6 over 80.0 innings with a 4.50 ERA. His two August starts have been very different. He was fantastic in his first start shutting out his opponent in 6.1 innings of work. Last time out he allowed 5 ER over 4.1 innings. He missed the Mets earlier this season but last year over two starts he allowed 6 ER over 14.0 innings. The Mets have the following numbers against Capuano:

Byrd 4-12, 2B
Buck 0-10
Davis 1-6
Young 3-4
Brown 2-3, 2B

Lets Go Mets!

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Gee Solid Again As Mets Complete Three-Game Sweep Of The Rockies http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/08/gee-solid-again-as-mets-complete-three-game-sweep-of-the-rockies.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/08/gee-solid-again-as-mets-complete-three-game-sweep-of-the-rockies.html/#comments Thu, 08 Aug 2013 19:31:44 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=126742  

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The Mets completed a winning homestand with their first three-game home sweep this season after a 2-1 victory over the Colorado Rockies this afternoon at Citi Field.

Dillon Gee delivered yet another dominant performance as he held Colorado to just one earned run, using his outstanding changeup and slider to keep batters off-balance all afternoon. Gee scattered eight hits and walked none in 7.2 innings while striking out three. His one miscue was a solo homerun in the fourth.

Gee’s command was incredible today and he kept the ball down which is key for him. You can now see how confident he has become when he’s on that mound. He has a presence about him that wasn’t there before and his current 13 game stretch has been phenomenal. He has stepped up and has now become a mainstay for this rotation and a perfect compliment to our fireballers.

Gee was helped out by some crisp defense and tight play behind him today and I’m really liking what I’m seeing from this team defensively. After Marlon Byrd picked up an outfield assist early in the game, I did some quick research and found out that Mets center fielders lead the league with 12 outfield assists and Mets right fielders are second with 10 assists. Pretty impressive…

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Offensively, the Mets only had six hits, but were able to push across a pair of runs which was enough for the win. I loved watching Wilmer Flores come back from an 0-2 count to draw a walk in his first at-bat, his next time up he forced home the tying run with a groundout in the fourth, and the second run scored on an Anthony Recker sac fly. Hey, whatever it takes. :-)

latroy hawkins

LaTroy Hawkins earned his second save of the season with a 1-2-3 ninth inning to seal the deal for the Mets. Hawkins has quietly given the Mets a great season with a 2.86 ERA and has provided the pen with a much needed veteran presence.

We’re off to Arizona where Jeremy Hefner (4-8, 4.23 ERA) will oppose lefthander Patrick Corbin (12-3, 2.33) at 9:40 PM. Hefner will need to get things sorted out as the Mets have won only once in his last five starts. He has struggled since the All Star break.

Lets Go Mets!

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Mets vs Nationals: Young Leads Off As Gee Looks To Continue Solid Streak http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/07/mets-vs-nationals-young-leads-off-as-gee-looks-to-continue-solid-streak.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/07/mets-vs-nationals-young-leads-off-as-gee-looks-to-continue-solid-streak.html/#comments Sat, 27 Jul 2013 16:36:36 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=125898 dillon gee

New York Mets at Washington Nationals

Dillon Gee (7-7, 4.07) vs. Dan Haren (4-11, 5.79)

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Starting Lineup

  1. Eric Young, Jr. – LF
  2. Daniel Murphy – 2B
  3. David Wright – 3B
  4. Marlon Byrd – RF
  5. Ike Davis – 1B
  6. John Buck – C
  7. Juan Lagares – CF
  8. Omar Quintanilla – SS
  9. Dillon Gee – RHP

Game Notes

  • RHP Matt Harvey got the start in the second game Friday, exactly one year after his Major League debut. He was fabulous, allowing one unearned run in eight innings but he was lifted for a pinch-hitter in the ninth and the Mets lost, 2-1, with a homer in the last of the ninth by Ryan Zimmerman.
  • RHP Jenrry Mejia pitched seven scoreless innings in his first big league outing for the Mets this year. He got the win as New York scored six in the ninth in the 11-0 win in the first game of a doubleheader on Friday. “Today I had every pitch, and command,” he said. Said manager Terry Collins: “I thought he pitched an outstanding game. His change-up … I didn’t know he had one.”
  • OF Daniel Murphy hit homers in his first two at-bats in the first game Friday and ended up with four hits and five RBIs. He said in the past when Jordan Zimmermann makes a bad pitch Murphy ends with a single. “Today I was able to drive them. I will try to ride this as long as I can,” said Murphy, who has a hit in 15 of his last 16 games. He now has eight homers and is hitting .284. “It was a big day for Daniel,” said manager Terry Collins. “Let’s just hope he stays that way.” Murphy had two hits in the second game.
  • CF Juan Lagares had three hits, a walk and three runs and upped his average to .270. He also had three hits at Washington on June 5. “He got on four times. Tremendous day,” said manager Terry Collins. “I wanted to put him out there against Jordan (Zimmermann). He is always around the plate.” He was 1-for-5 in the second game.
  • SS Justin Turner was shaken up when he collided with left fielder Andrew Brown on a fly ball to short left off the bat of Denard Span to start the bottom of the first in the second game of a doubleheader with Washington on Friday. Turner made the catch but stayed on the ground for about two minutes. Both players stayed in the game but Turner came out later with a sore right shoulder and was replaced by Omar Quanantilla. Turner is hitting .265 after going 1-for-3.

Game Preview

The Mets and Nationals play game three today after splitting the day/night double header yesterday. The constants in yesterday’s games were the starting pitching and Daniel Murphy. The starters Mejia and Harvey both had tremendous games and Murphy was on fire in both games. The difference was the rest of the lineup which roared to a 11-0 victory in the opener and could only score one game in the night cap because that’s baseball folks. Dillon Gee gets the nod for the Amazins this afternoon as he goes up against Dan Haren.

Dillon Gee is 7-7 over 20 games this season with a 4.07 ERA while pitching 117.1 innings. Gee is back on track after his burp on July 9th. In his last two starts he has allowed one run, no earned over 13.2 innings of work while striking out 5 batters. This will be his fourth game against the Nationals this season where he has allowed only 2 ER over 18.2 innings of work so far. The Nationals have the following numbers against him:

Werth 7-25, 2B
Desmond 5-23, 2 HR
Zimmerman 4-19, 2B
LaRoche 3-14, 2B
Bernadina 4-14, 2 2B, HR

Dan Haren is 4-11 on the season where he has made 18 starts with a 5.79 ERA pitching 98.0 innings allowing a major league leading 21 homers. He started July off well pitching 11.0 innings allowing 2 ER  in 2 starts but in his last start he allowed 5 ER over 5 innings of work. In his only start against the Mets allowed 5 ER over 4 innings. The Mets have the following numbers against Haren:

Byrd 10-18, 2 2B, 3B, 2 HR
Wright 5-18, 2 2B, 2 HR
Buck 2-13
Murphy 3-7, 2B, HR
Davis 1-4
Young 1-1, 2B

Lets Go Mets!

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Gee Shines, But Mets Drop An Absolute Heartbreaker http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/07/gee-shines-but-mets-drop-an-absolute-heartbreaker.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/07/gee-shines-but-mets-drop-an-absolute-heartbreaker.html/#comments Tue, 23 Jul 2013 02:49:51 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=125554 gee

The Mets fought valiantly tonight, but it was not to be as Julio Teheran and Dillon Gee engaged in a great pitcher’s duel which saw Gee flirt with a no-hit bid.

After both Teheran and Gee traded zeroes through the first three and a half frames, the Amazins’ struck first in the bottom of the fourth when Ike Davis drove in Marlon Byrd after Byrd’s one-out…eh…triple. Unfortunately, that was the only run they would score all night.

Gee tossed six no-hit innings, but quickly found himself in trouble when Freddie Freeman hit a missile back up the middle to lead off the frame. The bases quickly loaded up, but Gee battled out of it inducing Chris Johnson to ground out to third and then ringing up Joey Terdoslavic for the third out of the inning.

LaTroy Hawkins tossed a scoreless eighth and the Mets threatened in the bottom, yet couldn’t cash in, and it would cost them. Bobby Parnell allowed two runs in the ninth, blowing his fourth save of the year.

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The Mets threatened again in the bottom of the ninth, and it looked like they were getting to Braves closer Craig Kimbrel. However, it was not to be as Jason Heyward delivered the dagger and robbed Justin Turner with the tying run on first for the final out of the game.

The series continues at 7:10 tomorrow night as Carlos Torres battles Kris Medlen for game two.

Notes:

  • Mets’ pitchers had hurled 21 straight shutout innings before Parnell entered. Gee has now thrown 13.2 straight scoreless innings.
  • David Wright had some great swings tonight and thankfully doesn’t seem to have carried over any ill effects from the home run derby last week.
  • Ike Davis continues to confuse us all. He’ll have his good days and his bad days, but he was overall impressive at the plate tonight, driving in the only Mets run when he shot a single to right field. He also hit an opposite field double that dropped in just right of the line.

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3 Up & 3 Down: Failure In Philly Is Not An Option Edition http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/06/3-up-3-down-failure-in-philly-is-not-an-option-edition.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/06/3-up-3-down-failure-in-philly-is-not-an-option-edition.html/#comments Tue, 25 Jun 2013 00:20:44 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=123032 the heat is on

The New York Mets won their second consecutive road series against an Eastern Division rival, after rocking the Phillies 8-0 on Sunday. There are so many encouraging things to take away from this series, that we’re going to get right to the 3 & 3.

3 up

  • Amazin’ Matt: Ho hum, Matt Harvey pitched the rubber game of the series on Sunday and only went six scoreless innings, before the rain washed him out of the game. Through 16 starts, Harvey is 7-1 with a 2.05 ERA, 121 strikeouts, a 0.882 WHIP, 4 homers allowed and a .188 opponent batting average.
  • The Captain’s On Fire: David Wright is on another hot streak right now, and tied a franchise record with four extra-base hits on Sunday including two doubles, a home run and a triple. I liked the triple, which happened right after the rain delay, with the ball hitting off one of the supports in the outfield. We also have to mention Wright’s outstanding baserunning in the ninth inning of Saturday’s game, hustling and scoring all the way from first on a Daniel Murphy single. There is nothing like watching David when he is on hot streak.
  • It’s a Team Sport: The entire team really contributed to this series win. The bullpen stepped it up big-time after Jon Niese left the game on Friday. The pen stepped up again on Saturday. The offense was spot on Saturday & Sunday, and we saw some spectacular defense as well. Thats the way it’s supposed to be. Contributions from everyone…

3 down

  • Why the Celebration: Maybe I’m just a mean old man, but why exactly were the Phillies celebrating like a bunch of little leaguers after Saturday’s game? Yeah, they got a walk off win, but let’s not ignore they blew a 7-1 lead, and their closer had yet another blown save. These postgame home plate celebrations are just plain stupid, but I think the Phil’s took it to a whole new level Saturday night.
  • Niese & Duda to the DL: Jon Niese was diagnosed with a partial tear of the rotator cuff, while Lucas Duda was felled by an intercostal strain.It looks like both of them could be out a while, and in the case of Niese – a long while.
  • Gee Hits A Bump: Righthander Dillon Gee had been on an excellent four game roll, but he came back to earth on Saturday, going only five innings and giving up five runs. Gee has always had problems pitching at CBP. Hopefully, he bounces back his next time out.

It was a big series win for the Mets and so far on this road trip, they’ve won 3 of 5 in Atlanta and now 2 of 3 from the Phils. Now it’s off to the Windy City for two with the White Sox, and then it’s on to Denver for a makeup game. As always, Let’s Go Mets!

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Mets Lose A 2-1 Heartbreaker After A Braves Two-Run Blast In The Ninth http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/06/mets-lose-a-2-1-heartbreaker-after-a-braves-two-run-blast-in-the-ninth.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/06/mets-lose-a-2-1-heartbreaker-after-a-braves-two-run-blast-in-the-ninth.html/#comments Tue, 18 Jun 2013 05:40:03 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=122367 dillon gee

What a punch in the gut… After a rain delay of three hours and 43 minutes, Dillon Gee took the mound and fired eight shutout innings against the Braves as the Mets took a 1-0 lead heading into the ninth. But it was all for naught as first baseman Freddie Freeman crushed a two-run, walk-off homer to give the Braves a dramatic 2-1 win to take the first game of the five game series.

Gee dominated the Braves and held the them to just three hits and one walk before going out for the ninth. But after a base-knock and a blast it was all over. Gee struck out six in 8.1 innings and takes the gut-wrenching loss.

Ironically, Gee drove in the only run of the game for the Mets with an RBI-single in the seventh. Otherwise the Mets were flat except for Lucas Duda, who started at first base and had a big game going 4-for-4 with three singles and a double.

I’m not gonna kill Terry Collins for letting Gee go out to pitch the ninth. It was his game to win or lose and he earned the right to go out there and go for the complete game shutout.

Oh, the pain, the pain…

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The Mets will need to shake this loss off as they gear up for their Super Tuesday doubleheader that is bound to be one of the biggest highlights of the season so far.

You won’t want to miss this as we’ll all get a glimpse of what could be the Mets’ future 1-2 punch at the top of the rotation for what we hope will be years to come.

RHP Matt Harvey (5-1, 2.04) will take on LHP Alex Wood (0-0, 3.52) in the first game at 1:10 PM, and then RHP Zack Wheeler will make his major league debut in the nightcap against LHP Paul Maholm (7-5, 3.65) for the Braves at 7:10 PM.

are you ready 2

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Mets Have A Decision To Make Between Hefner and Gee http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/06/mets-have-a-decision-to-make-between-hefner-and-gee.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/06/mets-have-a-decision-to-make-between-hefner-and-gee.html/#comments Fri, 14 Jun 2013 18:36:56 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=121961 shaun marcumThe Mets always seem to be very indecisive these days. They waited too long to fix the outfield and nobody currently on the team is even assured of a starting role in 2014.

The Ike Davis saga lasted about a month and a half too long and the team paid the price with a dead out in the heart of their lineup for the first-third of the season.

On Tuesday, Terry Collins announced that he would go with a six-man rotation. At least for now, it buys him a week or two to decide who between Jeremy Hefner, Shaun Marcum and Dillon Gee will go to the bullpen to make room for Zack Wheeler in the rotation.

More indecision to be sure, but this time I can hardly blame the team for buying themselves some additional time. Lets examine all three…

With $4 million worth of bonus escalator clauses built into his contract, mostly based on innings pitched, you can bet the MLBPA would raise a stink if they try sending Marcum to the bullpen. Even though he delivered one of the best relief outings in franchise history during the 20-inning loss to the Marlins, his spot in the rotation is pretty secure whether that stature is deserved or not. He has been wildly inconsistent and in his last six appearances dating back to May 10, he has allowed 6, 2, 4, 2, 4, 1 earned runs. His 4.95 ERA reflects just how inconsistent he has been, and for a pitcher who initially presented as a No. 2 type starter, he’s been more of a No. 5 starter on a bad team and has the highest ERA among all Mets starters.

Jeremy HefnerThen you have the good yet underrated Hefner. Nobody expected much from Hefner and saw him mostly as place holder for Zack Wheeler. But of the three pitchers on the line he has been the most consistent by far.  It’s hard not to root for the Moore, OK native who is sitting atop a 1-6 record, with a 4.11 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP. He’s currently riding a streak of four quality starts in a row, allowing just seven earned runs in his last 25 innings pitched while striking out 21 and walking four. What’s not to like? Like Matt Harvey, Hefner has been victimized by some bad Mets defense and lack of run support. He could easily be 7-2 for the year.

That brings us to Dillon Gee, fresh off a gem that saw him go 6.2 innings and allowing just one earned run while striking out seven. Gee has finally begun to make some strides after a horrid start to his season. In his first 10 starts, Gee posted a 6.34 ERA with an MLB high .909 OPS allowed. For the year, Gee has posted a 5-6 record with a 4.84 ERA, 1.53 WHIP in 70.2 innings while walking 20 and striking out 63. However, after his last start, manager Terry Collins revealed that Gee has been battling tendinitis in his right elbow and in fact was almost going to be scratched from his last start.

As I said, I don’t believe there’s any chance that Marcum gets pulled from the rotation so it basically comes down to Gee and Hefner. If you want to base it on merit or 2013 results, then Hefner is your man. If you want to base it on seniority and past results, then you go with Gee.

Personally, in a season that has spiraled out of control for the Mets, I would like to see them get into the habit of rewarding players who perform the best and keep Hefner in the rotation. It might not be a bad precedent to set.

Plus, we already know what we have in Gee. I’d like to see more of Hefner and find out what we have in him before shuffling him off to the side. What do you think?

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Cardinals vs Mets: Dillon Gee Opposes Shelby Miller, Spin Leads Off Again http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/06/cardinals-vs-mets-dillon-gee-opposes-shelby-miller-spin-leads-off-again.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/06/cardinals-vs-mets-dillon-gee-opposes-shelby-miller-spin-leads-off-again.html/#comments Wed, 12 Jun 2013 20:10:36 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=121780 dillon gee

St. Louis Cardinals vs New York Mets

Shelby Miller (7-3, 1.91) vs Dillon Gee (4-6, 5.20 ERA)

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Starting Lineup

  1. Jordany Valdespin, 2b
  2. Omar Quintanilla, ss
  3. David Wright, 3b
  4. Daniel Murphy, 1b
  5. Lucas Duda, lf
  6. Marlon Byrd, rf
  7. John Buck, c
  8. Kirk Nieuwenhuis, cf
  9. Dillon Gee, rhp

Game Notes

New York has lost three in a row and seven of its last eight games, following a season-high five-game winning streak. The Mets are 1-6 this month and are 3-7 in their last 10 games.

Mets starting pitchers have collected six consecutive quality starts at home, compiling a 1.73 ERA (eight earned runs/41.2 innings) over this run, which began on May 26. Over the team’s last 15 games, Mets starters have compiled a 3.10 ERA (33 earned runs/95.2 innings) with 90 strikeouts.

Over his last two starts, Dillon Gee is 2-0 with a 1.26 ERA (two earned runs/14.1 innings) and he has has racked up 19 strikeouts and issued only one walk over that span. Gee’s 19 strikeouts since May 30 are tied for the fourth-most in the National League. He has pitched 7.0 innings or more in both contests. Since May 19, Gee has the third-best strikeout to walk ratio (14.50) in the majors among pitchers with at least 20.0 innings pitched.

Matt Harvey leads the majors with eight no-decisions. Over his last nine starts, Harvey has one decision, a win on May 17 at Chicago-NL. He has compiled a 2.66 ERA (18 earned runs/61.0 innings) and allowed 53 hits with 63 strikeouts over that span. The Mets have scored a total of 18 runs (2.0 per start) while Harvey has been on the mound over these nine games. In Harvey’s first four starts of the season, the offense scored 23 runs (5.75 runs per start).

Omar Quintanilla extended his hitting streak to eight games, with a home run in the first inning, equalling his career-high. Quintanilla is hitting .342 (13-38) during his stretch, which dates back to May 31. He also hit in eight straight games from June 14-30, 2008.

Jordany Valdespin is hitting .385 (5-13) with one run scored and one double in June.

Ike Davis went 0-for-3 with two walks and a run in his first game for Triple-A Las Vegas in its 8-6 walk-off, comeback win over Tacoma on Tuesday night at Cashman Field. Davis’ father, Ron, is going to Las Vegas to help his son.

Game Preview

The Mets had a new look on the field last night and if the game ended after the first inning, it would have looked great. As the game went on the defense started to fall apart and the pitching couldn’t stop the bleeding as the Mets ended up allowing 7 unearned runs. The Mets look to reverse this tonight, as well as score some runs as Dillon Gee takes the mound against Shelby Miller.

Dillon Gee is 4-6 over 64.0 innings of work and 12 starts with a 5.20 ERA. Gee is coming off of back to back excellent starts where he has combined to throw 14.1 innings while allowing 2 ER and 19 strikeouts. The only downside is he allowed 12 hits in his last start, which is living on the edge a bit too much. Gee faced the Cards the first time around this season allowed 6 runs, 5 earned over 4.0 innings and 9 hits. The Cards have the following numbers against Gee:

Freese 3-8
Holliday 2-8, 2 2B
Molina 0-9Beltran 2-7
Craig 3-5

The Mets bats will get a look at Shelby Miller tonight who is 7-3 over 12 starts and 75.1 innings with a 1.91 ERA (geeeezzzeeeee). In a start against the Mets earlier this season he allowed 0 runs over 5.2 innings of work. The Mets have the following numbers against Miller:

Murphy 2-4, 2B
Duda 0-3
Wright 1-3
Buck 0-2

Lets Go Mets!

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Mets Rotation Implications As Wheeler’s Debut Draws Near http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/06/mets-rotation-implications-as-wheelers-debut-draws-near.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/06/mets-rotation-implications-as-wheelers-debut-draws-near.html/#comments Thu, 06 Jun 2013 12:26:54 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=121047 The promotion of Zack Wheeler has been in discussion since the beginning of the season. Barring injury or poor performance (unlikely due to talent), it was the general consensus that Wheeler would be promoted this season.

shaun marcumThese rumblings have now come to fruition as it is rumored Wheeler will make his MLB debut as soon as next week. This opens up the discussion of who to send down. If this question was asked a few weeks ago, the prevailing theory would have been that Shaun Marcum was a lock, due to his sizable contract, with Dillon Gee and Jeremy Hefner battling it out for the final spot. However, the recent success of both Gee and Hefner has leveled the playing field.

Over his last two starts, Gee has thrown 14.1 innings, struck out 19, allowed one earned run, and walked just one batter. Hefner counters with 13.0 innings, four earned runs, 12 strikeouts and one walk. Conversely, Marcum, has allowed six earned runs over his last two starts spanning 13.2 innings with 16 Ks and two walks.

Obviously, this is a very small sample size. Assuming that these guys maintain their production, the decision will come down to each pitcher’s versatility. Prior to the Subway Series (and before the stats listed above), Collins suggested that Gee had the characteristics to be a reliever – a veiled way of saying he would be the odd man out?

Given recent events however, I would imagine that the decision will come down to performance. While some may suggest that Marcum would stay in the rotation because of his contract, I want to remind you that it is just a one-year deal worth 4 million – certainly not a deal that would break the bank.

Either way, this will be a very interesting storyline to follow leading up to the arrival of Wheeler. Heck, even if the Mets stink it up, there is still plenty going on to maintain our interest as we look to the future.

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Keep Hefner and Gee In Rotation, Try To Trade Marcum http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/06/keep-hefner-and-gee-in-rotation-try-to-trade-marcum.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/06/keep-hefner-and-gee-in-rotation-try-to-trade-marcum.html/#comments Wed, 05 Jun 2013 15:47:05 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=120998 shaun - marcum

After sleeping on it, considering Jeremy Hefner’s strong start in Washington last night, my choice would be to deal Shaun Marcum.

Marcum has gone six-plus innings in his last four starts showing signs he’s coming around physically. Of the three, Marcum has been the least effective, but his name isn’t mentioned because he’s making $4 million.

Marcum threw a strong six innings against the Marlins until he unraveled in the seventh. But, if you’re a contender trying to fill out the back end of your rotation, you’d be happy with six innings.

Realistically, the Mets might have to delay this decision until they get a read on Jon Niese’s sore shoulder. Niese will throw today, but if he’s not ready he could miss another start or go on the disabled list.

However, should Niese be fine, I’m still for dealing Marcum, and economics are part of the reason as his salary would be palatable to a team looking to add.

On a side note, I couldn’t help but laugh when I read where the Mets might be buyers in July. Have they not been watching this team?

Terry Collins said it best when he told reporters in Washington about Wheeler: “He’s not going to be the savior. There are a lot of pieces that have to work. One guy is not going to turn this around, of course. It takes 25.’’

Yes, it does. We could go on for hours discussing the Mets’ weaknesses and needs, but for the sake of this argument, let’s keep it to the rotation.

Matt Harvey and Niese, assuming the latter is healthy, are safe. The way Hefner and Gee are pitching, they could attract interest, but they have manageable salaries, something the Mets covet.

Marcum, meanwhile, is gone after this season. If Wheeler proves he’s ready, there would be no reason to even entertain bringing Marcum back, so strike when the iron is at least lukewarm to see what they can get.

Hefner and Gee are worth keeping.

Hefner was brilliant Tuesday night in another hard-luck no-decision, one of four he’s had while throwing a quality start. He had another in a loss. Overall, he’s given the Mets at least six innings in seven of his last eight starts.

The Mets be ecstatic to get that from Wheeler.

Gee hasn’t been as sharp, but is coming off his best start of the season last week against the Yankees when he gave up one run in seven innings. Overall, the Mets have won four of his last six starts, so he must be doing something right. Gee worked six innings or better in 13 of 17 starts last season, so there’s a track record of productivity.

Keep Hefner and Gee, who might be valuable in the future and deal Marcum, who’ll be a one-year Met at best.

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Collins Pulling Gee Was A Mistake That Didn’t End Up Hurting The Team http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/05/collins-pulling-gee-was-a-mistake-that-didnt-end-up-hurting-the-team.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/05/collins-pulling-gee-was-a-mistake-that-didnt-end-up-hurting-the-team.html/#comments Fri, 31 May 2013 16:28:18 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=120398 dillon gee

Updated with thoughts by Joe D. on 5/31

When Terry Collins removed Dillon Gee in the eighth inning last night after registering one out, I like everyone else who were interacting on Twitter busted a gasket.

Here was Gee, pitching the game of his life and in the midst of retiring 15 consecutive batters – including the last five via a strikeout – and Collins decided to pull him despite only throwing 88 pitches to that point? Has he gone mad?

We’ve seen this so many times before from Collins and as usual his reasoning was as irrational as ever citing that “he didn’t want Gee to lose the game.”

Time and time again he’s done this and in fact it had the inverse effect resulting in losses for Jeremy Hefner, Shaun Marcum and Jon Niese. Despite his illogical attempts to secure a win for his pitchers, in most cases it led to a loss or no-decision.

Also, what does it say to his pitchers that Collins doesn’t trust them enough to win their own games?

Last night worked out okay for Gee, but that still doesn’t make what Collins did rational or right.

It was a terrible call, and to compound it by going to Scott Rice who desperately needs a day off, only made the decision even more foolish.

Rice leads the league in appearances and has played in 31 of the Mets’ first 51 games. That’s a recipe for disaster for the rookie who is on pace for 100 appearances – smashing every franchise record in the books.

Original Post 5/30

So picture yourself as Dillon Gee.

You’ve had a rough start to this season after coming off surgery.

Questions about your role have been brought up with the impending arrival of super prospect Zack Wheeler.
You take the ball in the Subway Series against the Yankees – trying to lead your team to incredibly rare four-game sweep.

And you deliver the game of your life.

But after a career-high 12 strikeouts and retiring 15 batters in row, you see your manager Terry Collins trotting out from the dugout. You’ve only thrown 88 pitches though and have looked great!

Pitching coach Dan Warthen didn’t pay a visit to check on you. You didn’t allow a hit or walk to signal for the pitching change. You simply dominated but wound up being pulled after 7.1 innings.

Now looking back on all this, Scott Rice came in and did another great job retiring the two lefties. Collins looks like a genius for pushing the right button at the right time, but was that button pushed a bit prematurely?

Once Ichiro was announced as the pinch hitter and with Brett Gardner on deck, the decision to bring in Rice to face the lefties made sense at the time.

But here’s the thing: Gee didn’t seem to have much trouble with the bevy of Yankee hitters thrown his way all night, except for a meaningless solo homer he allowed to Robinson Cano.

This could be considered a case of over-managing by Collins, but the result was favorable for the Mets.

Gee showed little emotion after being pulled, but he had to have been perturbed. He easily could have gone the distance if he kept up his pace.

At least give him a chance to get through eight innings. Now that the Mets have a somewhat established closer in Bobby Parnell, the ninth inning was his based on the save situation.

But Gee would have had even more of a confidence boost if he’d been given the chance to put up eight frames of one run ball.

In the end, this really isn’t that big of a deal. The most important thing is that the Mets won the ballgame and pulled off the four-game sweep.

Gee now needs to focus on building upon this effort to erase the rough start to his season. This is the type of effort that can really get him going.

And with Wheeler not too far away, each start for Gee – and Jeremy Hefner for that matter – will be highly scrutinized.

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Valdespin Comes Through Again In Mets 7-6 Comeback Win! http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/05/valdespin-comes-through-again-in-mets-7-6-comeback-win.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/05/valdespin-comes-through-again-in-mets-7-6-comeback-win.html/#comments Thu, 02 May 2013 04:19:39 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=117109

Just call him Mr. Clutch or as our own Daniel Nelson likes to refer to him, “El Dramatico”. Yes, of course we’re talking about the incredible Jordany Valdespin who came off the bench once again and delivered another dramatic pinch-hit home run to help the Mets beat the Marlins 7-6 and salvage the final game of the series.

Jordany-Valdespin-390x220Valdespin continues to display an uncanny ability for rising to the occasion whenever the Mets need a big hit, and in the last two seasons, no player in baseball has delivered more pinch-hit home runs than El Dramatico.

His five pinch-hit homers last season set a franchise record, and only one month into the season he’s already launched his second big knock of the year.

The Mets were trailing by three when David Wright opened the sixth with a leadoff double. Marlon Byrd followed with an RBI single and after another Ike Davis single, Valdespin took reliever A.J. Ramos deep with three-run homer. It was incredible and even more so was watching Spin pumping his fist as he rounded the bases. It put the Mets up 5-4.

An inning later, the Mets would tack on two more runs thanks to a two-run double by John Buck who begins the month of May the much in the same way he ended April. Buck now leads the league with 27 RBI.

David Wright had a great game with a dazzling play at third base and he homered, singled, and doubled at the plate.

Dillon Gee started the game and delivered a very rocky performance in which he was tagged for four runs on nine hits and two walks. It could have been worse if not for some nifty plays in the field.

Things got dicey in the bottom of the seventh when Lucas Duda misplayed a fly ball by Justin Ruggiano off reliever Scott Atchison allowing two more Marlins run to score and make the score 7-6. But the bullpen held down the fort the rest of the way, and Bobby Parnell pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning to seal the victory and end the Mets’ six game losing streak. For Parnell it was his third save of the season.

This wasn’t a picture perfect win, but after a week of grim and disheartening losses, I’ll take it. After a day off on Thursday, the Mets will head to Atlanta to begin a weekend series with the Braves on Friday night at Turner Field. Shaun Marcum will make his second start of the season and will oppose the Braves’ Mike Minor at 7:05 pm.

mets win

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