Mets fans….meet Dillon Gee, your newest pitching sensation. Ok, I’ll settle down a bit. I know it was only one start and it was the lowly Washington Nationals whom the 24-year old Gee befuddled tonight, but what the hell took the Mets so long to bring this guy up to the big show? Gee shut down the Nats, hurling 7 brilliant innings giving up only 2 hits while walking 4 and collecting 3 Ks in the process. In fact, Gee took a no-hot bid into the 6th before surrendering a lead-off single to notorious defensive Met killer Willie Harris.
Gee was called up a few days back to make the start for the injured Johan Santana and he made the most of the opportunity. His stuff was not overpowering by any stretch, but he clearly had a great mound presence and command of his pitches, especially his changeup. The result tonight was certainly stunning in it’s level of dominance, but it not too surprising Gee put forth the sort of effort he did. The young right-hander was having a pretty nice campaign at Buffalo, leading all of Triple-A with 165 strikeouts and going 13-8 with a 4.96 ERA.
With the status of Santana still up in the air for his next start, it is possible Gee will toe the rubber this coming weekend against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Even if Johan is good to go on Sunday, I propose that Gee get a start every fifth day the last few weeks of 2010. I would not be opposed to the Mets shutting down Jon Niese, who has now logged 154 1/3 innings and looks the part of a young guy with a tired arm.
In any case, at least we have another promising young player to watch during what will otherwise be a lost month of September.