Dillon Gee has not been right since the All-Star break

Dillon Gee gave up four runs and eight hits in 5 2/3 innings Tuesday night against the A’s.

“He was up in the zone,” Mets manager Terry Collins said after the game. “He’s a better pitcher than he’s showing.”


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Gee is 1-5 with a 5.06 ERA in eight starts since returning from the disabled list in early July, in which the Mets are 2-6. His first start back he allowed just one run over seven innings against the Braves. Then the team hit the All-Star break. Since, he’s posted a 5.71 ERA over 41 innings.

He had been 3-1 with a 2.73 ERA prior to straining his back muscle.

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He clearly has no feel for what he’s doing on the mound since the All-Star break. I’d love to know how he feels in the bullpen before the game, because he looks to have no handle on his arsenal when it’s go time.

He’s been throwing a lollipop curve ball lately and it isn’t fooling anyone, nor is it even close to the strike zone. And where is his change-up? Last night, the A’s were just sitting on his fastball, which was up in the zone, and so they were squaring up on it and knocking him all over the ballpark.

The good news is that this is not the pitcher he had been during the previous year and a half, when his results were among the top in baseball. I trust eventually he’ll find his grip and confidence and settle back in to the pitcher he knows he can be. But, man, in the meantime, it’s been ugly to watch…

What’s on Tap for Wednesday, August 20

The Mets (59-68) conclude their two-game series against the Athletics (74-51) on Wednesday in Oakland at 3:35 p.m. ET.

Zack Wheeler (8-8, 3.49 ERA) will get the the start for the Mets, opposed by Jeff Samardzija (5-9, 2.96 ERA) for the A’s.


In case you missed it…

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Jacob deGrom threw a live bullpen session on Tuesday. He’s expected to be activated from the 15-day disabled list and start on Saturday.

Game recap: A’s 6 – Mets 2

Recap: The Mets dropped the opener of their five-game California road trip, 6-2, to the Athletics on Tuesday in Oakland.


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Need to Know: For the first time in six games, the Mets registered more than four hits. Travis d’Arnaud’s fourth-inning solo homer put the Mets on the board, but Oakland rallied in the bottom half of the frame against Mets starter Dillon Gee. Coco Crisp’s two-out, three-run triple broke a 1-1 tie, giving Oakland the lead for good.

Gee allowed four runs and eight hits in 5 2/3 innings, falling to 4-6. Scott Kazmir picked up his 14th win, moving him a tie for most in the American League. Kazmir allowed one run and four hits in six innings. Josh Reddick also struck a two-run home run in the eighth.


Game ball: Crisp had two hits and the game-breaking triple, as the A’s leadoff hitter boosted his average to .257.


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What’s next: The Mets will close their two-game series in Oakland on Wednesday, sending Zack Wheeler (8-8, 3.49) to the hill. The A’s will counter with Jeff Samardzija (5-9, 2.96) at 3:35 p.m.

 

Tuesday’s minor league recaps…

Mets IF prospect L.J. Mazzilli extended his hitting streak to six games with a pair of singles Tuesday night for St. Lucie.

He’s has multi-hit games in four of his last five starts.

Read more at SNY’s Mets Minors…

Tonight’s Game: Mets at A’s

The Mets and A’s begin their two-game series on Tuesday night in Oakland.

Mets First Pitch begins at 9 p.m. on SNY. The game is scheduled to begin at 10:05 p.m.

Dillon Gee (4-5, 3.69) starts for the Mets, while Scott Kazmir (13-5, 2.78) pitches for Oakland.

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1. Juan Lagares – CF 1. Coco Crisp – CF
2. Curtis Granderson – RF 2. John Jaso – DH
3. David Wright – 3B 3. Josh Donaldson – 3B
4. Lucas Duda – 1B 4. Brandon Moss – LF
5. Travis d’Arnaud – DH 5. Stephen Vogt – 1B
6. Eric Campbell – LF 6. Derek Norris – C
7. Wilmer Flores – 2B 7. Josh Reddick – RF
8. Ruben Tejada – SS 8. Alberto Callapso – 2B
9. Anthony Recker – C 9. Eric Sogard – SS

 

Mostly Mets, pres. by Caesars AC: The Chicago Way

With Mets / Cubs trade talk being the talk of the week, Toby Hyde and Robert Brender look for the Chicago perspective. They are joined by Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune and Triple-A Iowa Cubs broadcaster Randy Wehofer to see if there’s a deal to be made and to learn more about the young Cubs hitting talent.

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  • Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune calls in
    • Chatting Mets/Cubs trade match ups and the Cubs re-building
  • Triple-A Iowa Cubs broadcaster Randy Wehofer calls in (19:50)
    • Taking a close look at those young Cubs bats
  • One Good Thing, One Bad Thing (36:00)
    • Good: Rafael Montero, Wilmer Flores OK at SS
    • Bad: Mets Offensive Offense, Mejia Hurt & Struggling

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Mets not among teams seen as serious players for Castillo

One of the Red Sox, Tigers, Phillies, Cubs, Yankees and Mariners are expected to end up signing Cuban free-agent OF Rusney Castillo, who is currently sifting through offers, according to MLB reporter Jon Heyman (CBS Sports, Aug. 19).

The Mets were among several teams to attend Castillo’s workout in Miami. However, they did not have him in for a private workout (Cerrone, Aug. 14).

“He isn’t Jose Abreu or Yoenis Cespedes in terms of power, but he has above average major-league power,” one official with an interested team told Heyman.

“He was really good,” a GM told Peter Gammons after the July workout (Gammons Daily, Aug. 1). “He showed everything – power, speed, defensive ability. He hasn’t been a big performer in Cuba, but he looks like he could be really interesting. My guess is a 20-HR, 30-steal center fielder, who might be able to play second base. He’s a free swinger, but that can improve.”

According to Heyman, Castillo is expected to sign a $35-$55 million contract and could be ready to play in the big leagues before the end of this season.

Wilmer Flores continues to struggle at the plate

maggieMaggie Wiggin: Mets SS Wilmer Flores went 1-for-8 with three walks during the recently-concluded, four-game series with the Cubs, dropping his season average to .228. Since his most recent promotion at the end of July, he’s batting a disappointing .232, though he has handled himself well in the field.

The overwhelming consensus is that Flores’s bat will translate to the major leagues eventually. What is holding him back from reaching his offensive potential in his short career so far?


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