Rising Apple Player of the Week: Dillon Gee

By Danny Abriano

There were a trio of Mets who got votes from our staff in the most recent Player of the Week balloting.  Daniel Murphy and the resurgent Ike Davis each received some support, but it was Dillon Gee who received the majority of the votes in order to nail down this week’s honor.

May 30, 2013; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Dillon Gee (35) pitches against the New York Yankees during a game at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

After struggling badly through the first few months of the season, and after being warned before the game that continued poor performances would likely result in a demotion to the bullpen, Gee took the mound this past Thursday at Yankee Stadium with a hell of a lot on his mind.  After slogging through the first few innings, something clicked for Gee.  The result? Arguably the best start of his career.

Over 7.1 innings, Gee gave up just one run (a homer to Robinson Cano) on four hits.  He walked none and struck out a career high 12.  Gee was cruising and had thrown only 88 pitches after retiring the first hitter in the eighth inning (having retired 16 hitters in a row which included the last five by strikeout), but was removed at that point by manager Terry Collins.

After Gee departed the game, the bullpen sealed the deal.  In one fell swoop, Gee likely saved his spot in the rotation while leading the Mets to their first ever season sweep of the Yankees.  For that, Dillon Gee is the Rising Apple Player of the Week.  Great job, Dillon.

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