Party time. The Mets beat the Yankees for the fourth straight time last night. This time the score was 3-1 and the starting pitcher was Dillon Gee. Marlon Byrd hit another home run and it wasn’t only because Yankee Stadium is a little baby ballpark.
The Mets still stink though! They can’t hit and the pitching (except for HARVEY) is more of an aberration than something we can expect to continue in the near future.
But what if just one thing is not a mirage and Dillon Gee can keep pitching like this for a while? I mean, his changeup was REALLY good last night. And he was locating his curveball on the outside corner against lefties! I’m not saying that I expect Gee to strikeout 12 batters and walk none in 7.1 innings (he could have gone the distance but Terry Collins decided to be a huge troll) every night, but this start was a continuation of what we saw Gee doing in 2012. More strikeouts, less walks, a lot less of what we’ve seen from Gee so far this season.
Gee may not have another start like the one he had last night for the rest of the season, but if he can just pick up where he left off in 2012, that would be a big boost to the Mets going forward.
The only other big takeaway from last night was that Collins lifted Gee — who was dominating and had a pitch count of 88 — to give Scott Rice YET ANOTHER APPEARANCE. Granted, Rice did a great job getting the two outs he was asked to get, but what is Collins playing at? Last night it seemed like he was actively trying to use Rice to break some kind of record for number of games played by a relief pitcher. Even though it worked out, the move was baffling to say the least.
The Mets will try to keep their winning streak alive in Miami this weekend. Tonight, Shaun Marcum takes the hill opposite Jacob Turner, who will be making his first MLB start of the season for the Marlins.