Apr 27, 2016

Mets Pitcher Who Set Team Record For Most Consecutive Rookie Wins: Dillon Gee (2010 - 2014)

Dillon Kyle Gee was born April 28th 1986 in Cleburne, Texas. 
He pitched two no hitters in high school & then went on to a successful college career.

The six foot one right hander attended the University of Texas at Arlington, getting drafted by the New York Mets in the 22nd round in 2007.

Gee was 3-1 at Brooklyn in 2007 for the A ball Cyclones getting promoted to St. Lucie in 2008. After going 8-6 there with a 2.92 ERA (5th in the league) he was given the Sterling Award & named to the All Star team. That year he also led the Florida State League with the lowest walk rate in the league. He was pushed up to AA Binghamton where he went 2-0 allowing four runs in 18 innings pitched (1.33 ERA).

In 2009 he was limited to just nine games due to a torn labrum in his right shoulder. He recuperated well in 2010 going 13-8 for the Bisons with 165 strike outs in 161 innings although he posted a 4.96 ERA.

On September 7th he made his first major league start with a call up to pitch against the Washington Nationals. He pitched seven innings allowing just one run on two hits earning his first win. He also made Mets history becoming the first Met pitcher to record an RBI in his first career at bat. The hit was a single off Yunesky Maya scoring Ruben Tejada.

In his next decision he allowed three runs over seven innings but took a loss to the Atlanta Braves. He then went to Philadelphia & earned a win pitching another seven innings allowing two runs on five hits. In five starts that September he was 2-2 with a 2.18 ERA striking out 17 batters in 33 innings.

In 2011 Dillon Gee began the year pitching  three games at AAA Buffalo before getting back to the Mets pitching staff. In his first outing on April 17th, he pitched into the 6th inning, allowing just one run on five hits as he beat Tommy Hanson & the Atlanta Braves 3-2 at Turner Field. The Mets offense was led by Josh Thole who had two RBI singles.

Gee followed with his second start on April 23rd at Citi Field against the Arizona Diamondbacks. He won that one 6-4, pitching six innings, allowing two earned runs on five hits, striking out five. In the Mets 3rd inning Jason Bay & Ike Davis had back to back HRs. Bay would drive in three runs on the night & Daniel Murphy had two hits with two RBIs as well.

After three relief appearances & two no decisions Gee went on a roll winning five straight games, bringing some excitement to a dull Mets season.

On May 19th he pitched into the 8th inning, allowing just two hits, shutting out the Washington Nationals & beating Livan Hernandez in a 1-0 pitchers duel.

On May 25th Gee, gave up four runs at Wrigley Field in Chicago, exiting after six innings. But the Mets had a big five run 2nd inning, which included a two run double from Carlos Beltran & two runs being scored on walks with the bases loaded thanks to Cubs pitcher; Casey Coleman. Gee was now 4-0 on the season.

On May 30th, Gee went up against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Citi Field. The Mets supported him with seven runs once again, Josh Tole leading the charge with two runs driven in. Daniel Murphy, Ruben Tejada & Angel Pagan all had three hits on the night. Gee struck out a season high batters, allowing three runs on five its over sven innings, getting to 5-0.

On June 4th, Gee bested his record to 6-0, tying a Mets rookie record for consecutive wins. That night he shut out the Atlanta Braves for seven innings, allowing just four hits in a 5-0 win.

On June 10th he had his longest outing to date, going eight innings allowing just a run, in a 8-1 Mets win in Pittsburgh over the Pirates.

The 2011 Mets seemed to support Gee with runs more than any other pitcher. At this point the club was 31-32, six games back.

Gee pitched at least seven innings in four of these five straight wins, getting to 7-0 with a 3.05 ERA.

The 7-0 start set another Mets record for best start to a season by a rookie pitcher since Jon Matlack went 6-0 in 1972.

On June 21st he took his first loss in an interleague game at Citi Field against the Oakland A's. He did not pitch as well in the second half of the season although he was 5-3 toward the end of the season. At the end of August he allowed just one earned run in two separate outings, both ending in victories where he pitched at least six innings.

For the season Gee led the Mets in wins (13) going 13-6 with a 4.43 ERA. He struck out 114 batters walked 71, hit 14 batters pitching in 160 innings in 30 games.

In 2012 he was penciled in as the 5th starter, but his first start didn't turn out so well.

He gave up four runs taking a loss to the Washington Nats pitching into the 6th inning. On April 16th, he pitched seven innings in Atlanta, beating the Braves 6-1 for his first win of the year. His next outing was bad as well, allowing seven runs & a career high twelve hits, to the eventual World Champion San Francisco Giants.

In May he went 2-1 beating the Blue Jays in Toronto & the San Diego Padres, where he struck out a career high nine batters, at Citi Field. He followed with two decent outings pitching into the 7th inning both times, allowing two runs in each game but earned no decisions.

On June 9th he took a tough 4-2 loss in the subway series, bit followed up with a win over the Baltimore Orioles, striking out another nine batters. All in all in June he was 1-3 & his ERA had crept up to 4.42.

On July 7th he beat Jeff Samardzija & the Chicago Cubs at Citi Field, allowing just one run in eight innings of work. Following that start he felt a numbness in his arm & a blood clot was found in his throwing shoulder. He was shut down for the season, undergoing surgery in St. Louis on July 13th.

His season ended at 6-7 with a 4.10 ERA, 97 strike outs & 29 walks in 109 innings in 17 games. This was the first part of the downfall of the Mets as well, after the All Star break they suffered a horrible losing streak & never recovered.

In 2013 he returned to pitch six games in Spring Training, going 1-2 posting a 5.87 ERA. He struck out 18 batters walking nine in 23 innings of work. 

Gee got the start in the third Mets game of the year, it came at Citi Field against the San Deigo Padres. Although he allowed just one run on three hits over 6.1 innings, six Padres pitchers held the Mets to one run & they took a 2-1 loss. His next two starts did'y go so well as he first allowed seven runs to the Philadelphia Phillies & then five runs to the Colorado Rockies both on the road.

On April 21st, he finally got his first win, shutting out the Washington Nats over 5.2 innings in a 2-0 Mets win, giving Jordan Zimmermann his first loss of the year. Gee would lose three of his next four decisions in May & be 2-6 with a 6.34 ERA before turning things around.

On May 30th, he defeated the AL New York club in the subway series sweep, allowing just one run on four hits, pitching into the 8th inning. Gee struck out a season high 12 batters while earning the win. From there he pitched well winning three straight games & seven of nine decisions. He allowed just three runs in twenty innings over the three game win streak. On June 17th, he took a heart breaking loss at Atlanta after shutting out the Braves for 8 2/3 innings. He agave up a two run walk off HR to Freddie Freeman for the loss. 

On July 14th he finally got to the .500 mark with a win against a hot Pirates team in Pittsburgh. In his next start at Citi Field he again shut out the Braves, this time over seven innings but earned no decision as the Mets were blanked 2-0. In August he went 3-1, only allowing more than two runs in a game  once in six starts.

On August 19th he beat the Twins in Minnesota, allowing just one run into the eighth inning while striking out nine. On August 30th, he edged out 15 game winner Jordan Zimmermann again in a 3-2 Mets win, pitching into the 8th inning. Gee Pitched into the 7th inning or beyond twelve times during the year, all from May 30th on. 

He pitched well again & finally earned a win against the Braves on September 4th. He went 2-2 in September and also pitched  six shut out innings over the Miami Marlins at Citi Field on September 15th, but got no decision.

Although he wasn't as dominating as Matt Harvey was all year, he still led the Mets staff in wins with twelve (12-11) starts (32) & innings (199). He was second among starters in strike outs (142) & walked just 47 batters, whil pitching two complete games.

With Matt Harvey out for the 2014 season & an injury to Joantan Neise, Gee was named the Mets Opening Day starter. He earned the right with a good Spring Training performance & being one the Mets main pitchers, if not the main pitcher over the last three seasons. 

Gee pitched into the 7th inning on Opening day, allowing four runs, but the bullpen blew it for him as the Mets took a rare Opening Day loss 9-7 to the Washington Nats. He earned no decisions in his next two starts, allowing three runs or more both times. 

On April 16th he finally earned that first win, with his best game to date. Gee helped the Mets complete a sweep in Arizona, as he shut out the D-backs in seven innings, allowing just three hits. He took a 3-0 loss against Adam Wainwright & the St. Louis Cards next, but only allowed two runs in that start.

On April 27th he threw eight shut out innings against the Miami Marlins & then on May 4th six scoreless in Colorado to beat the Rockies, getting to a 3-1 record. It was back on the DL for Gee, as he missed two months of action, returning on July 9th. He was solid in that start throwing seven innings while allowing just one run to beat the Braves at Citi Field. But from there he earned five straight losing decisions over seven games. Gee closed out August with back to back victories & then went 1-2 in September. 

He finished out the year 7-8 with a 4.00 ERA, striking out 94 batters walking 43 in 137 innings making 22 starts. His wins & strike outs were the lowest among the starters & his 4.00 ERA was second highest to Bartolo Colon who was a 15 game winner.

In the off season Gee was the subject of many trade talks & rumors. He took it all in stride & went about his business realizing he couldn't do anything about it but pitch well. Although he was shopped there were no deals made. 

It was assumed Gee would pitch out of the bullpen or possible fight for a fifth spot in the rotation with Rafael Montero. When the Mets got news that Zach Wheeler needed Tommy John surgery & would miss the whole season, Gee found himself back in the rotation after having a solid Spring. 

His first start of 2015 came on April 11th in Atlanta, in the Braves home opener. A couple of Mets errors & Gee serving up five runs earned him his first loss.

In his six year career (through 4/15/15) he is 40-35 with a 3.95 ERA making 107 starts. He struck out 466 batters & walked 205 in 644 innings pitched.

Family: Dillon & his wife Kari Ann had their son born in November 2013.

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