There’s nothing like a three-run homer to change the complexion of a game, and that’s what Wilmer Flores just did for the Mets. Couldn’t feel happier for him. Had a chance to speak with him Opening Day. He’s quiet and unassuming, and struggling to make it despite the pressure.
He was ripped several times by his general manager over the winter; literally Sandy Alderson made him a butt of jokes on numerous occasions. Unfairly, of course, but that’s what Alderson does at times.
As with Gee, there are certain players I want to see do well and Flores is another.
Mets 3, Miami 3 (6th)
The Mets appear a little flat tonight, and that probably has a lot to do in that they’re not doing anything against the Marlins’ Jarred Cosart. Dillon Gee left one over the plate to Giancarlo Stanton and he crushed it.
He does that to a lot of people.
The Mets are going after their fifth straight win, something they haven’t done in almost two seasons.
By the way, Gee just retired the Marlins in the fifth inning, something he has done in a major-league high 48 straight starts.
Miami 3, Mets 0 (5th)
There is a likable quality to the Mets’ Dillon Gee, one that wants you pull for him to do well. He doesn’t have the obvious skill set as say, Matt Harvey. He also doesn’t have the obvious, sometimes, in-your-face demeanor of Harvey.
However, Harvey is whom the public fawns over and Gee is taken for granted. Gee is what is good about sports, but on a different level. This is not to disparage Harvey, but Gee is the underdog who made good. Perhaps, overachieved. He’s the guy the Mets went out of their way this winter to attempt to trade, even though they had pitching issues that required an arm of Gee’s success.
Gee is coming off a bad start in his season debut, but even so he has gone at least five innings in 47 straight starts, which is the longest active streak in the major leagues. Longer than Max Scherzer, Clayton Kershaw and Madison Bumgarner.
Gee is a consummate professional. He works and trains hard. He puts team ahead of himself. He shows up when it is his turn to pitch and does his job. He pitches with guile and grit. He’s what they call “blue collar.”
He’s what we want to admire in our professional athletes, and why I pull for him to do well. And, you could do a lot worse for athletes you want to emulate or idolize.
And, that’s whether or not he lasts five innings in his next start.
The Mets will be going after their fifth straight victory tonight against the Miami Marlins. Not once last season did the Mets win five in a row, and only three times did they win as many as four straight games. Their last five-game winning streak was May 26-30, 2013.
The Mets were 11-8 against the Marlins last season, including 6-3 at Citi Field.
Here is the Mets’ batting order tonight:
Curtis Granderson, RF
Travis d’Arnaud, C
Lucas Duda, 1B
Michael Cuddyer, LF
Daniel Murphy, 2B
Eric Campbell, 3B
Juan Lagares, CF
Wilmer Flores, SS
Dillon Gee, RHP
Gee is coming off a 5-3 loss in last Saturday’s 5-3 loss at Atlanta. He has worked at least five innings in his last six starts against Miami, going 3-1 with a 2.84 ERA.
ON DECK: Why I like Dillon Gee.
The following are the starting pitchers for the Mets-Miami series, starting tonight at Cit Field:
Tonight: RHP Dillon Gee (0-1, 9.00) vs. RHP Jarred Cosart (0-1, 1.50), 7:10 p.m. ET
Friday: RHP Bartolo Colon (2-0, 2.77) vs. RHP David Phelps (0-0, 36.00), 7:10 p.m. ET
Saturday: RHP Jacob deGrom (1-1, 1.46) vs. RHP Mat Latos (0-2, 17.36), 7:10 p.m. ET
Sunday: RHP Matt Harvey (2-0, 2.25) vs. RHP Tom Koehler (1-1, 3.18), 1:10 p.m. ET