Monday, April 28, 2014

Starting Point

Dillon Gee punctuated the finale of the Mets' longest homestand of the season with what's probably the best singular outing a Mets starting pitcher has had all season, throwing 8 shutout innings at the Marlins en route to a 4-0 Mets victory. The win gave the Mets a series win and also a winning homestand overall, something that has inexplicably been hard for the Mets to come by over the past few seasons.

Gee's outing was the latest in what's been a string of particularly solid outings by Mets starters, joining Zack Wheeler on Friday, Bartolo Colon on Thursday and Jon Niese on Wednesday, and, well, hey, Jenrry Mejia was due for a stinker on Saturday after a string of great starts. What it adds up to is that the Mets stand at a tick over .500 in spite of the fact that they're striking out at a record pace and most nights seem to peck and scrape and scrap for runs, as evidenced by the fact that they won 3 of 4 over the Cardinals despite scoring 9 runs for the series, and the night they scored a homestand-high 6 runs, they lost.

Gee's performance on Sunday followed a solid performance on Tuesday, where he gave up 2 runs in 6 innings and ended up losing because the Mets couldn't score him any runs. Hell, he's been good all season long, continuing a streak of general dependability that stretches back to the middle of last season, right around the time he went out and had a 10-strikeout game against that other team that plays in our town. The momentum from that game carried him through the remainder of 2013, and he's started more or less where he left off. He's sort of taken on the role that Rick Reed used to have way back when, as the mid-rotation guy who just knew what he was doing and had a good game plan every time he took the mound. He wasn't going to blow anybody away, but he was going to give you a solid outing and by time he was done, he was leaving the game with the Mets in a good position to win, or, if nothing else, in a situation where they weren't facing an insurmountable deficit. That's what Dillon Gee has been to the Mets these past few seasons. Flashier, harder-throwing guys will get all the ink, but when someone's needed to deliver a quality outing in a key spot, Dillon Gee has generally been the guy.

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