With his win against the Pittsburgh Pirates last night Dillon Gee did something that no Mets rookie pitcher has done in 39 years. That’s right folks, not since John Matlack in 1972 has a Mets rookie pitcher won his first five decisions. Not Gooden, not Cone, Not Pelfrey, Not Darling, or any other highly touted Mets farmhand.
Not bad for a kid that for the most part hasn’t wowed scouts or minor league bloggers alike.
Dillon is a blue collar type of pitcher. He has a average fastball, average secondary stuff, yet he is able to fool the opposition’s batters.
When I see him pitch, Gee reminds me alot of another Mets pitcher who was overshadowed by the bigger names in the rotation – Rick Reed. Both had to rely on their guile to get batters out, and neither were ever considered to be the second coming of Cy Young.
But the question is “Is he for real ?” That remains the be seen. there are roughly just about three months left in the season, and like Jon Niese last season , it is quite possibly that Gee might run out of gas late in the season.
But for now he – like Dickey last season, is the shot in the arm that this team needs.
Let’s just hope that this kid can succeed, because us Mets fans love to root for the underdog Mets player !
And with that said…. HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!!
Mets alumni celebrating a birthday today include :
Mets middle reliever from ’78-’79, Dwight Bernard is 59(1952). Dwight was a mediocre reliever who would was traded right after the ’79 season ended to the Milwaukee Brewers for mediocre strarting pitcher, Mark Bomback.
Mets outfielder from ’93-’95, Joe Orsulak is 49 (1962). Joe was a fan favorite during the lean years that were the early to mid ’90′s. He tried making a comeback attempt during Spring Training of ’88 but was released by the Mets before the season started.
The New York Mets traded second baseman, Tim Teufel to the San Diego Padres for utility man, Garry Templeton on May 31, 1991. At this point in time I feel the Padres got the better end of this trade. Yes Teufel was never a gold glove second baseman, yet he was a tough nosed competitor. Templeton, on the other hand was well past his prime , and bolted the Mets for free agency after the season had ended.
Mo Vaughn is trying to hit the David Einhorn up for a couple of million bucks so that he can finance his own line of Mets mohair jackets ! Einhorn told him that he would get back to him by the end of the next century !!