Gee said it was a good outing in a Mets loss to Phillies
By Rich Mancuso
There is still something to play for as the calendar turns to August for the New York Mets as they are in the hunt for a second wild card spot in the National league. And with an opportunity to gain more ground, taking two of three or a sweep from the last place Phillies would be ideal.
Dillon Gee got the ball Tuesday night at Citi Field and two home run balls will say he had an ineffective start. He said he threw better than his two previous starts but it was his career tying third straight loss as the Phillies shut out the Mets, 6-0.
“The most frustrating part is I thought I threw the ball a lot better than I had in the previous couple outings," Gee said. "The main result still isn’t there. It’s very frustrating.”
The Mets could capitalize a bit this week, but Gee has now allowed 15 earned runs in 16 2/3 innings in three starts since the all-star break, and now the Mets look to get a series win in the Wednesday noon finale.
Gee is one of the veterans of this young and promising Mets pitching staff. He is always mentioned in trade rumors, but with the non-waiver trading deadline a day away, there are no plans for the right-hander to leave Flushing anytime soon.
Manager Terry Collins was not blaming the all-star break that may have disrupted the effective and consistent pitching that Gee has given the Mets. He threw more than 100 pitches and solo home run balls to Jimmy Rollins and Grady Sizemore in the third and fourth innings were his lone mistakes.
He allowed five runs on five hits in 6.2-3 innings, struck out two and walked three.
Other than that, Gee and Collins had a good perspective on the evening, though a Mets win against the Phillies would have been better for all. Collins was encouraged at how Gee handled his off-speed pitches.
“Curveball was real good tonight. His changeup was good when he needed it. He moved the ball around. I thought he had some zip on his fastball when he wanted to go up. I thought he threw the ball good. It was a very positive evening.”
Again it may have appeared to be positive the way Gee handled his pitches. However the home run ball had the Mets playing from behind and he has allowed five home runs in his three starts in the second half.
He said: “It seems like I haven’t thrown over 80 pitches in three months. I felt physically fine but I have to start getting more pitches out there. It's just frustrating except for the most part I feel a lot better out there than how it looks. I’m confident going forward that if I can maintain that the result should change.”
Of course Mets fans want to see better results. The prevailing thought, 6/1-2 games from a wild card spot, and with 55-games remaining, there is still a possibility that the team could be in contention as August approaches.
However, Gee is a key component of a pitching rotation that has kept the Mets in ballgames and gives some hope. The offense was held down by Cole Hamels who threw his second career scoreless outing against the Mets.
But it was a loss that Gee would love to get back. So do the Mets because they realize they still have something to play for.
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