Today in Atlanta, Dillon Gee shut down the Atlanta Braves. Specifically, Gee pitched 7 innings of 1-run ball, striking out 5 and walking 1. However, this is nothing new, as Gee has been stellar since May 30th when he shut the Yankees down in the Bronx. Gee now leads the Mets with 11 wins, and has been their most consistent starter since late May. Coming into this season, the Mets had questions about what to expect from Gee, who saw his season cut short last year with a circulatory problem. However, Gee currently stands at 11-9, with 180 hits allowed in 173.1 innings of work. Most impressively, Gee has walked only 43 hitters while striking out 124.
Gee has found success in mixing his 4 pitches effectively. As Bob Ojeda pointed out in today’s post game show, Gee is throwing his fastball up in the zone, thereby setting up his breaking balls low and away. He’s not allowing hitters to lean out over the plate and cover pitches on and off the outside corner. Therefore, everything Gee throws has been made more potent by both the variety and location of his pitches. While he has yet to experience anything near the success of Greg Maddux, Gee’s pinpoint control, and the mixing of his pitches is quite reminiscent of the former Atlanta hurler.
The Mets are facing a decision on Gee, who is rapidly approaching 200 innings on the season. Coming off of surgery, the Mets may be inclined to shut Gee down before the end of the season. Gee has never pitched more than 160 innings in the major leagues, and he has indicated that he’s experiencing some level of fatigue as the 2013 campaign winds down. This has been a season of tough blows to the Mets’ pitching staff. Injuries have claimed Matt Harvey, Jenrry Mejia, Shawn Marcum, and Jeremy Hefner. Jon Niese missed two months, and Zack Wheeler came up in the middle of June. The constant in the rotation has been Dillon Gee. Gee may not be the most heralded, or even most talented pitcher on the staff. From a “stuff” perspective, he may be the least notable. But since late May, all Dillon Gee has done is go out and pitch effectively. He does it quietly, but he has a very loud presence as a member of the rotation. While there are now questions surrounding the composition of the 2014 pitching staff, the Mets know that, barring injury, they have a solid answer in Dillon Gee.