Results tagged ‘ Dillon Gee ’

Poll: Who should be the Mets’ Opening Day starter?

The Mets do not plan on adding another top- or even middle-tier starter before Opening Day, so it’s worth asking the question now: who should start on March 31?


The candidates, in alphabetical order:

Bartolo Colon: No Mets pitcher enjoyed a better 2013 season than Colon, who ranked second in the American League in ERA while with the A’s. He’s the oldest, most established pitcher on this list, but he is new to the team and the clubhouse.

Dillon Gee: Consistency matters, and Gee had plenty of it in 2013. After a rocky first two months of the season, he went on a 22-start tear that included 15 quality starts and saw him give up more than four runs in an outing just twice. The run ended his season, dropping his ERA from 6.34 to 3.62.

Jon Niese: The Mets’ Opening Day starter in 2013, Niese pitched through injury for most of the first half before bouncing back closer to his previous levels. He is the homegrown veteran of the staff, having established himself before Dillon Gee, and is the only member of the rotation under long-term contract.

Zack Wheeler: Aside from Matt Harvey, who will miss the entire season due to Tommy John recovery, no Mets starter is more jaw-droppingly talented than Wheeler. But he is also young and green, with only 17 career big league starts to his credit.

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Who should come out of the rotation when Zack Wheeler arrives?

No one seems to want to come out of the rotation, with Dillon Gee and Jeremy Hefner both pitching well of late. Obviously Matt Harvey and Jon Niese are here to stay, and the Mets have four million reasons to keep Shaun Marcum in the rotation as well.

What would you do?

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Mets 10, Nationals 1: Three Up, Three Down

Well that was unexpected.

Three Up:
1. RHP Dillon Gee:  Another nice job by Gee, who kept pace with Jeremy Hefner in the competition to keep his rotation spot. When Zack Wheeler comes up, the Mets will have quite an interesting decision on their hands.

2. OF Marlon Byrd: Byrd may or may not be the word. Whatever it is, he just continues to hit, bashing two more home runs in the blowout.

3. C Anthony Recker: How about some love for the backup catcher? Not only does Recker seem to have established a groove with Gee as his batterymate, but he also rapped out two hits and drove in three runs.

Three Down:
1. SS Omar Quintanilla: Every Mets starter recorded at least one hit, so tonight’s downs go to those who only finished with one. Consider this also some belated punishment for his string of errors at shortstop.

2. OF Lucas Duda: Nope, this one isn’t fair either. But that’s the nature of the game; Duda lands on this list not for his offensive-sparking double, but for the three strikeouts that followed.

3. INF Justin Turner: Turner was the only Mets hitter to appear in the game and not record a hit. Of course, he was the only Mets hitter to receive only one at-bat. But Turner has actually been slumping at the plate for weeks now.

Three Up, Three Down Season Standings:
+6
RHP Matt Harvey, OF Marlon Byrd
+5
C John Buck, 2B Daniel Murphy
+4
RHP Jeremy Hefner
+3
SS Omar Quintanilla, INF Justin Turner

+2
RHP Greg Burke, LHP Jon Niese, OF Mike Baxter
+1
LHP Robert Carson, RHP LaTroy Hawkins, OF Juan Lagares, 3B David Wright, LHP Scott Rice, OF Lucas Duda
-1
RHP Brandon Lyon, RHP Bobby Parnell, C Anthony Recker
-2
LHP Aaron Laffey, RHP Scott Atchison, OF Jordany Valdespin, RHP Shaun Marcum, RHP Collin McHugh
-3
OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis, RHP Dillon Gee

-4
LHP Josh Edgin, SS Ruben Tejada, OF Rick Ankiel
-13
1B Ike Davis

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Mets 3, Yankees 1: Three Up, Three Down

For the first time since Interleague Play began, the Mets won every game they played against the Yankees.

Three Up:
1. RHP Dillon Gee:  What a performance from Gee, who came into the game at risk of losing his rotation spot in the near future. A career-high 12 strikeouts seems about the right way to respond.

2. OF Marlon Byrd: Wednesday’s homer may have been a cheapie, but Thursday’s was not. Byrd may not be a perfect player, but he has given the Mets his share of big moments this year.

3. RHP Bobby Parnell: Remember when people didn’t think Parnell relished the spotlight? All he has done is succeed in the closer’s role this season, making quick work of the Yankees in the ninth.

Three Down:
1. 2B Daniel Murphy: Is the hot streak over? If so, that’s more worrisome for Murphy than for most hitters, considering his history of being streaky to extremes.

2. OF Juan Lagares: It’s hard to hit in general, harder still without much playing time. Lagares has not received much playing time of late, so his 0-for-4 was not much of a surprise.

3. 3B David Wright: Not only did Wright go 0-for-3, but his hitless effort destroyed my streak on MLB.com’s Beat the Streak game. Yes, I’m biased.

Three Up, Three Down Season Standings:
+7
RHP Matt Harvey
+6
C John Buck
+5
2B Daniel Murphy
+4
OF Marlon Byrd

+3
INF Justin Turner, RHP Jeremy Hefner, 3B David Wright

+2
RHP Greg Burke, LHP Jon Niese, LHP Scott Rice, OF Mike Baxter
+1
LHP Robert Carson, OF Lucas Duda, RHP LaTroy Hawkins, OF Juan Lagares
-1
RHP Collin McHugh, RHP Shaun Marcum, OF Rick Ankiel
-2
LHP Aaron Laffey, RHP Scott Atchison, OF Jordany Valdespin, C Anthony Recker, RHP Brandon Lyon
-3
OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis

-4
LHP Josh Edgin, SS Ruben Tejada, RHP Dillon Gee
-15
1B Ike Davis

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Mets lose two of three to Braves: Three Up, Three Down

A delayed reaction to this weekend’s series against the Braves:

Friday/Saturday: Braves 7, Mets 5
Three Up: RHP Jeremy Hefner, C John Buck, 2B Daniel Murphy
Three Down: RHP Brandon Lyon, LHP Scott Rice, 1B Ike Davis

Saturday: Braves 6, Mets 0
Three Up: RHP Greg Burke, SS Ruben Tejada, OF Mike Baxter
Three Down: RHP Dillon Gee, 3B David Wright, OF Marlon Byrd

Sunday: Mets 4, Braves 2
Three Up: 1B Ike Davis, RHP Shaun Marcum, OF Lucas Duda
Three Down: OF Rick Ankiel, SS Ruben Tejada, 3B David Wright

Three Up, Three Down Season Standings:
+6
RHP Matt Harvey, C John Buck
+5
 2B Daniel Murphy
+4
OF Marlon Byrd

+3
INF Justin Turner, OF Mike Baxter

+2
RHP LaTroy Hawkins, OF Juan Lagares, RHP Jeremy Hefner, RHP Greg Burke, 3B David Wright
+1
LHP Jon Niese, LHP Robert Carson, LHP Scott Rice, OF Lucas Duda
-1
RHP Collin McHugh, RHP Bobby Parnell, RHP Shaun Marcum
-2
LHP Aaron Laffey, RHP Scott Atchison, OF Jordany Valdespin, C Anthony Recker, SS Ruben Tejada, RHP Brandon Lyon
-3
OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis

-4
LHP Josh Edgin
-5
RHP Dillon Gee
-14
1B Ike Davis

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Mets win two of three in Chicago: Three Up, Three Down

A delayed reaction to this weekend’s series in Chicago:

Friday: Mets 3, Cubs 2
Three Up: RHP Matt Harvey, 3B David Wright, OF Marlon Byrd
Three Down: LHP Scott Rice, SS Ruben Tejada, C John Buck

Saturday: Cubs 8, Mets 2
Three Up: 2B Daniel Murphy, OF Rick Ankiel, LHP Robert Carson
Three Down: RHP Jeremy Hefner, 1B Ike Davis, RHP Collin McHugh

Sunday: Mets 4, Cubs 3
Three Up: OF Juan Lagares, 2B Daniel Murphy, LHP Scott Rice
Three Down: RHP Dillon Gee, 2B Justin Turner, C Anthony Recker

Three Up, Three Down Season Standings:
+6
RHP Matt Harvey, 3B David Wright

+4
OF Marlon Byrd, C John Buck, 2B Daniel Murphy
+3
INF Justin Turner

+2
RHP LaTroy Hawkins, OF Mike Baxter, OF Juan Lagares
+1
LHP Scott Rice, LHP Jon Niese, LHP Robert Carson, RHP Jeremy Hefner
-1
OF Lucas Duda, SS Ruben Tejada, RHP Collin McHugh
-2
LHP Aaron Laffey, RHP Brandon Lyon, RHP Scott Atchison, RHP Shaun Marcum, OF Jordany Valdespin, C Anthony Recker
-3
OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis

-4
LHP Josh Edgin, RHP Dillon Gee
-11
1B Ike Davis

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Cardinals 10, Mets 4: Three Up, Three Down

How deep does this rabbit hole go?

Three Up:
1. 2B Daniel Murphy: The Mets officially have a nominee for Streakiest Hitter in Baseball. Since snapping last week’s 0-for-17 skid at the plate, Murphy has gone 6-for-9 with two doubles, two RBI and two runs scored.

2. OF Marlon Byrd: Something clicked for Byrd after he jammed his shoulder into the right-field wall attempting to catch a foul ball in the fifth. An inning later, he hit a two-run home run, one of Byrd’s two extra-base hits on the night.

3. RHP Greg Burke: Good for Burke, who has now given the Mets 2 1/3 scoreless innings since returning from Triple-A Las Vegas. Another inning or two, and this may take the form of real progress for the submariner.

Three Down:
1. RHP Dillon Gee: After giving up another six runs in four innings, Gee sounded like a pitcher who was completely out of answers. He’ll need to find some before his next start, or risk losing his grip on a rotation spot.

2. LHP Robert Carson: Like Gee, Carson has displayed an utter inability to get batters out with any sort of consistency. There’s certainly talent here, but Carson needs to figure out how to tap it if he wants to stay at this level.

3. 1B Ike Davis: Another forgettable day for Davis, who finished 0-for-4 at the plate and committed a (at the time) critical throwing error to spark a first-inning Cardinals rally. Considering how badly he has slumped offensively, Davis needs to be perfect on defense.

Three Up, Three Down Season Standings:
+6
C John Buck
+5
3B David Wright, RHP Matt Harvey
+4
IF Justin Turner
+3
OF Mike Baxter, OF Marlon Byrd

+2
RHP LaTroy Hawkins, RHP Jeremy Hefner
+1
OF Juan Lagares, LHP Scott Rice
-1
C Anthony Recker, OF Jordany Valdespin, OF Lucas Duda, OF Rick Ankiel
-2
LHP Aaron Laffey, RHP Brandon Lyon, RHP Scott Atchison
-3
OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis, RHP Shaun Marcum, RHP Dillon Gee

-4
LHP Josh Edgin
-9
1B Ike Davis

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Mets 7, Marlins 6: Three Up, Three Down

For the first time in some time, the Mets pull out a close one.

Three Up:
1. OF Jordany Valdespin: He had been slumping hard for the past few weeks, but all bets are off when Valdespin comes up in a pinch-hit situation. His three-run homer marked the sixth pinch-hit shot of his career, delivering a win for the Mets.

2. 3B David Wright: Only Wright knows how much his stiff neck is still bothering him, but it hardly seems to matter. He homered and finished with three hits in Wednesday’s game, also making a nifty barehanded play on defense in the seventh.

3. RHP Bobby Parnell: It says something about Parnell’s character that he was so angry the Mets did not use him in the ninth inning of Tuesday’s loss. Perhaps channeling a bit of that ire, retiring the Marlins on seven pitches in the ninth.

Three Down:
1. OF Lucas Duda: To be fair, it was a devilish hop. But Duda’s misplay in left field brought the Marlins back into the game, at a time when the Mets had grown relatively comfortable with his defense out there. He also struck out thrice, finishing 0-for-4.

2. 2B Daniel Murphy: Murphy’s bat seems to be coming around again — this guy rarely slumps for long — but his glove cost the Mets in a ways that doesn’t show up in the box score. Murphy would be the first to admit he needed to glove Justin Ruggiano’s RBI single in the first.

3. RHP Dillon Gee: Simply put, Gee needs to pitch deeper into games. So far this season, he has not been the same pitcher who displayed genuine improvement across the board during the first half of 2012.

Three Up, Three Down Season Standings:
+8
C John Buck
+3
RHP Matt Harvey, INF Justin Turner, 3B David Wright

+2
RHP LaTroy Hawkins, OF Marlon Byrd, LHP Scott Rice, LHP Jon Niese, SS Ruben Tejada
+1
RHP Jeremy Hefner
-1
RHP Brandon Lyon, RHP Shaun Marcum, RHP Scott Atchison, OF Jordany Valdespin, OF Lucas Duda
-2
RHP Greg Burke, LHP Aaron Laffey, OF Mike Baxter, C Anthony Recker, RHP Dillon Gee
-3
OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis

-4
LHP Josh Edgin
-6
1B Ike Davis

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Rockies 8, Mets 4: Three Up, Three Down

The Mets must regret losing this game, the first half of a day-night doubleheader. They simply let it slip away.

Three Up:
1. 3B David Wright: This was an easy one. Wright’s two home runs (to right and center) were the only reason the Mets had a chance to win until the eighth inning; he now has 10 homers in 30 career games at Coors Field.

2. LHP Scott Rice: Nice job by Rice to induce a double-play ball in a key spot in the sixth. Though Rice later walked two batters, he did the job the Mets asked him to do.

3. RHP LaTroy Hawkins: Similar deal as Rice, striking out the only batter he faced to escape a jam. We give middle relievers plenty of grief when they don’t come through in these spots, so it’s time for a little credit when they do.

Three Down:
1. RHP Dillon Gee: Tough day for Gee, who battled frigid conditions and extra rest on the mound, showcasing an uncharacteristic lack of control. That’s two poor outings in a row for Gee.

2. 2B Daniel Murphy: More distressing than Murphy’s 0-for-3 was the lack of range he displayed at second base, allowing Todd Helton’s critical two-run single in the fifth inning to squirt through to right field.

3. RF Jordany Valdespin: Leading off, Valdespin finished 0-for-5. Playing right field, he gave up extra bases on Chris Nelson’s double in the sixth inning and Eric Young’s RBI triple in the eighth — both of them playable balls.

Three Up, Three Down Season Standings:
+6
C John Buck

+3
RHP Matt Harvey, 2B Daniel Murphy
+2
OF Marlon Byrd

+1
LHP Jon Niese, INF Justin Turner, LHP Scott Rice, RHP LaTroy Hawkins
-1
RHP Jeurys Familia, SS Ruben Tejada, LHP Aaron Laffey, RHP Bobby Parnell, RHP Dillon Gee
-2
LHP Josh Edgin, RHP Greg Burke, OF Lucas Duda
-3
OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis
-4
1B Ike Davis

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Phillies 8, Mets 3: Three Up, Three Down

Probably not what the Mets envisioned tonight. Okay, definitely not what the Mets envisioned.

Three Up:
1. 2B Daniel Murphy: Murphy just continues to drive the ball with authority, this time rapping out a single and a double in four trips to the plate. He had two of the Mets’ eight hits against Lee.

2. C John Buck: Another night, another opposite-field homer for the National League’s RBI leader. Ho-hum.

3. RHP LaTroy Hawkins: It may have been a low-leverage situation, but Hawkins’ 10-pitch seventh against Michael Young, Domonic Brown and John Mayberry was impressive. Overall lately, the Mets’ bullpen has been sharp.

Three Down:
1. RHP Dillon Gee: Mets starters entered tonight’s game with a 1.87 ERA. They exited the stadium with a 3.11 ERA. Enough said.

2. RHP Greg Burke: Here’s something to keep an eye on: when Burke puts runners on base, he has a hard time holding them there. Burke’s submarine delivery is slow to the plate, as Chase Utley demonstrated by stealing second and scoring against him in the fourth. That could loom large in future high-leverage situations.

3. 2B Justin Turner: Given a rare start at first base, Turner grounded into a double play in his first at-bat, finished 1-for-4 with a single and committed a throwing error on defense. Spot starting isn’t easy, but the Mets were hoping for more.

Three Up, Three Down Season Standings:
+4
C John Buck
+3
2B Daniel Murphy

+2
LHP Jon Niese, RHP Matt Harvey
+1
RHP Jeremy Hefner, OF Mike Baxter, OF Marlon Byrd
-1
RHP Jeurys Familia, 3B David Wright, SS Ruben Tejada, OF Lucas Duda, LHP Aaron Laffey
-2
1B Ike Davis, LHP Josh Edgin, RHP Greg Burke
-3
OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis

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