Mets Gee Getting Back on Track
New York Mets starting pitcher Dillon Gee was on pace to have a terrific season with a 2.73 ERA in mid-May, but then he was hit with the injury bug and hadn't looked the same hurler when he returned from the disabled list in July.
Gee lost three of his four outings and had an ERA over six for the month.
"I'm just not feeling it," Gee said after giving up six runs in a loss to Milwaukee on July 24. "I am confident I can get it turned around."
The 28 year-old started to show signs of his early season self in a start against the Philadelphia Philles last week. While he was charged with five runs and took home the loss, Gee said he felt more comfortable on the mound then in previous starts.
"I had decent command, I was throwing strikes and getting outs, and the ball just felt better coming out of my hand than in previous outings," he said after facing the Phillies on July 29.
The hurler may have finally shaken off the July blues with his first start in August. He gave up just two runs in five and two-thirds innings in a no-decision against the San Francisco Giants in Monday's matinee game.
"I haven't been throwing the ball like I have to," Gee said following the outing which eventually saw the Mets fall 4-3 to the Giants. "But I feel like I'm getting it back, and hopefully I'm on the verge of a little run."
The Mets need Dillon Gee to get back to where he was in April and early May because the offense has struggled, with the exception of Daniel Murphy, to get the bats going this season. Even David Wright, the usually consistent star bat in the middle of the lineup, looks lost at the plate.
If the Mets continue to average under four runs per game in the late summer months, the Amazins' will need the rotation, including Gee, to deliver on the mound, or fans will be forced to watch meaingless games in September.