Every year there is one, that player who comes out of the blue to place his indent on the season. This year for the Mets he is Dillon Gee.
Gee competed for the fifth starter’s role during spring training, but with remaining options, didn’t stick in favor of Chris Capuano. However, when Chris Young went down, Gee, who pitched well at the end of last season, was brought up from Triple-A Buffalo and takes a 6-0 record into tonight’s game at Pittsburgh.
Gee has anchored the Mets’ rotation which has been surprisingly good recently, going 6-2 with a 2.76 ERA over the past 14 games, including six straight quality starts.
The Mets have won all of Gee’s eight starts, and over his last four games opponents are hitting .161 against him. One of those games was beating Pittsburgh, May 30, at Citi Field, giving up three runs in seven innings.
“He’s proved that he can pitch at this level and have success,’’ manager Terry Collins said. “All he does is give you quality outings.’’
Here’s tonight’s lineup behind Gee:
Jose Reyes, SS
Justin Turner, 3B
Carlos Beltran, RF
Daniel Murphy, 1B
Angel Pagan, CF
Lucas Duda, LF
Josh Thole, C
Ruben Tejada, 2B
Dillon Gee, RP