Remembering Mets History: (2011) Dillon Gee Has Best Season Start For Rookie Pitcher In Mets History

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.


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