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Dillon Gee Has Struggled Mightily Since Return from Disabled List

August 21st, 2014 at 7:00 AM
By Mike Phillips

Dillon Gee was one of the New York Mets' best starting pitchers in the first month and a half of the season. After being named the Opening Day Starter for the first time in his career, Gee showed more of the strong form that he finished the 2013 season with. Gee started out 3-1 with a 2.73 ERA in his first eight starts before landing on the disabled list with a lat injury. Gee missed nearly two months with the injury, and he hasn't looked like the same pitcher upon his return.

Gee won his first start back from the DL on July 9th, but he hasn't picked up a win since returning from the All Star Break. Since he returned from the lat injury, Gee is 1-5 with a 5.06 ERA in eight starts. Gee has given up at least four earned runs in five of those starts, and has given up eight home runs over that stretch. That stretch is alarming considering Gee gave up only one home run over his final five starts before hitting the DL.

Gee has had trouble with his secondary pitches since returning to action. Gee's curveball has been lackluster, and Gee has also had trouble locating his changeup. As a result, batters are sitting on his fastball and crushing it. Gee is not a pitcher who will rack up the strikeouts, so if he isn't hitting his spots or getting the movement he needs on his breaking pitches he will get hit hard.

Gee went through a similar rough stretch at the beginning of the 2013 season. That stretch nearly cost him his job in the rotation, but Gee rebounded to become the Mets' most consistent starter for the rest of the season. Like now, Gee was coming off a long layoff from injury as he missed the second half of the 2012 season due to injury.

Gee's track record shows that he is a better pitcher than this, and he should get his act together in time. With the Mets going nowhere for the remainder of this season, it won't hurt them to give Gee every chance to re-establish his command. The results will improve once Gee regains the feel of his breaking pitches, and he may still be shaking off rust from a long DL stint now. The Mets do have a lot to worry about going forward, but Dillon Gee shouldn't be one of them yet.

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