Here are today’s pertinent news items…
Dillon Gee is a Mess:
Last night at Citi Field, Dillon Gee looked great over the first four innings. In the fifth, with two outs and nobody on, he imploded. After allowing a single, he gave up a home run to Mike Minor that hugged the left field foul pole and put the Braves up 2-0. It should be noted that the wind was blowing in last night, making Minor’s homer an absolute blast. Gee then proceeded to allow four more hits in a row as Atlanta built an insurmountable 5-0 lead.
For the season, Gee is 2-6 with a 6.34 ERA and 1.73 WHIP. His BAA is an unsightly .329, and he’s failed to pitch past the fifth inning in his last five starts. If you project his stats over a full season, Gee is on pace to give up 243 hits in 173.2 innings pitched. So, what’s wrong with him? According to Gee, he has no idea…not exactly comforting if you’re a fan, his teammate, or on the coaching staff.
It’s unfortunate that a pitcher who came into the season looking like a solid fifth starter at worst has been this atrocious. It’s made the 2013 Mets worse, and has (for the moment) opened another spot in the 2014 rotation. At this point, Gee should be the pitcher who is sent down when Zack Wheeler is promoted in a matter of weeks. There’s always the chance Gee will turn things around over his next few starts and save himself a ticket to Vegas, but that will have to be seen to be believed.
It’s too early to write off Gee. Still, if the Mets think he can be part of their future rotation, the best thing to do would be to send him down to give him an opportunity to straighten himself out.
Jeurys Familia Rehabbing:
Reliever Jeurys Familia, who landed on the disabled list on May 12th with biceps tendinitis, made his first rehab appearance last night for Low-A St. Lucie. In his inning of work, Familia retired the side in order while striking out 1. He’s now scheduled to join AAA Las Vegas to continue his rehab assignment. If all goes well, he could be activated shortly.
Familia, 23, is an important piece of the Mets’ future. After being recalled from AAA in mid-April, he posted four straight scoreless outings (spanning 6.2 innings). That stretch was capped with his first major league save, which came on May 3rd against Atlanta. Familia has dealt with control issues in the past, but he seemed to be coming into his own before the biceps injury flared up. Once he’s cleared to return, Familia should be immediately returned to the major league bullpen. He’ll likely replace Robert Carson.
Mets Honoring Mariano Rivera is a Non-Story:
Mariano Rivera, the greatest closer in the history of baseball, is retiring after the 2013 campaign. So far this season, Rivera has been honored by each team he’s visited. For some reason, the fact that the Mets plan to honor him during the upcoming Subway Series at Citi Field has become a story. It shouldn’t have.
The Mets are simply doing what every other team is doing: recognizing a fantastic career in a very small way. There’s no elaborate ceremony planned (nor should there be). It’s likely that Rivera will be honored in the same fashion the Mets honored Chipper Jones last year – with a small, incredibly short event in the bowels of Citi Field.
Each team is honoring Rivera because part of the game is recognizing greatness. Mariano was/is the best closer ever. He’ll be a first ballot Hall of Famer. The Mets are taking five minutes out to acknowledge this man’s tremendous career and wish him luck. No more, no less. Anyone who has a problem with it needs to reassess things.