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Player Profile: Dillon Gee

He doesn’t throw very hard, he doesn’t possess what you would call electric stuff, but for much of last season, especially after Matt Harvey was lost to injury, Dillon Gee was the Mets most consistent performer on the mound.

Granted, his numbers for the 2013 season will not blow you away. He posted a 12-11 record, 3.62 ERA and a 1.281 WHIP over 199.0 innings (a career high) with 2 complete game efforts; but those numbers don’t tell the whole story.

Gee got off to a very rough start to 2013, posting a 3-6 record and an ERA well over 5 in April and May, but when the calendar turned to June, Gee turned into a different pitcher. Between May 31st and the end of the season Gee made 22 starts for the Mets and failed to pitch 6 innings only once, allowing 2 or less earned runs 15 times in that stretch. That is an impressive feat for any pitcher, but for a player that receives very few accolades that is a phenomenal four month run.

The Mets would love to see Gee continue that form into 2014 to solidify the back end of their rotation. It will be critical that Gee perform at a high level if this team hopes to be playing meaningful baseball come September.

The 27 year old right hander will be entering his fourth big league season in 2014 (not including a 5 appearance cup of coffee in 210). He has earned a career record of 33-26 with an ERA of 3.89 and a WHIP of 1.300 in 84 games (81 of which were starts). In a way it is remarkable that a player like Gee, who does not get much attention, would have posted an above .500 record in his career, given that he has never pitched for a team that is above .500 itself.

Barring injury, the Texas native is a lock to be in the Mets rotation to start the season, likely as the teams fourth starter behind Jon Niese, Bartolo Colon and Zack Wheeler.

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