Now that the 2013 season has concluded for the New York Mets, we have taken a look at overall breakdowns for the offense, starting pitching, and bullpen this past season. We will now take a look at every player on the roster from A (David Aardsma) to Y (Eric Young Jr) as our Mets 101 Player Review Series returns for its third year. In each review we will take a look at the player's 2013 performance and what role, if any, they can expect to have with the Mets in 2014. We continue our series today with a look at starting pitcher Dillon Gee.
2013 Stats: 32 Starts, 199 Innings Pitched, 12-11, 3.62 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, 142 K's, 2 Complete Games
2013 Story: Dillon Gee entered the 2013 season fully recovered from a blood clot in his pitching shoulder. Gee was named the staff's fourth starter coming out of spring training, but he struggled out of the gate. Gee was atrocious in his first 10 starts, going 2-6 with a 6.34 ERA and found himself in jeopardy of being bounced from the rotation. Gee's entire season changed on May 30th, when he took the mound against the New York Yankees in the Bronx. The Mets were a game away from a Subway Sweep, but many expected the Yankees to steal the finale against a struggling Gee. Gee flipped the script, tossing 7.1 innings of one run ball and striking out 12 as the Mets completed the sweep.
That game turned around Gee's season, and he quickly became the Mets' most dependable pitcher not named Matt Harvey. Gee went 9-5 over his final 21 starts and lowered his ERA from 5.68 all the way down to 3.62. Gee was the only Mets' starter to make all 32 starts from start to finish in 2013, durability that was much needed given the injury problems the Mets faced. Gee ended up finishing one inning shy of 200 innings pitched, a career high for the young right hander. Gee was one of the bright spots for the Mets this past season.
2013 Grade: A. Gee earned this grade in spite of his awful first two months. Gee's strong season earned him a spot with the Mets in 2014, and given the injury situation the Mets are dealing with having Gee is a tremendous positive.
Contract Status: Arbitration Eligible (First Time)
Odds of Returning: 95%
2014 Role: #3/#4 Starter in Rotation
It is highly unlikely that Dillon Gee is going anywhere in 2014. Gee has proven that he is a pitcher capable of throwing 200 innings, and the Mets don't have many of those at the moment. General Manager Sandy Alderson will likely get phone calls about Gee's availability and may entertain a deal given the surplus of pitching prospects the Mets have available. Trading Gee for another need, such as a hitter, is the equivalent of robbing Peter to pay Paul and that goes against Alderson's philosophy of team building. The Mets would have to get blown away by an offer to deal one of their three proven starters going forward.
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