The day was for the Mets to showcase Dillon Gee, and the impression wasn’t a good one.
Gee got into immediate trouble when the Braves loaded the bases with no outs before giving up two runs in a 28-pitch first inning. Gee settled down to throw a 1-2-3 seven-pitch second inning.
The second is what Gee will take out of his outing, and hopefully he’ll learn from the first.
“I didn’t start the way I wanted to, walking two guys,” Gee told reporters. “Your adrenaline starts pumping a little bit more with a guy in there than it does when you’re throwing a bullpen. So I felt a little off.”
While Gee wishes he pitched better, in the big picture any team interested won’t be swayed by his performance.
Gee, the sixth Mets’ starter, is slated to open the season working in long relief if he isn’t traded. Trades this early in spring training aren’t common as teams want to first evaluate their roster before making any additions.
If Gee is traded, that’s almost four weeks away.
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