Dillon Gee let up just one run in seven innings against the Braves on Wednesday at Turner Field.
Gee was 2-6 with a 6.34 ERA after losing to the Braves on May 25. Since then, he has a 2.40 ERA, which ranks seventh in the major leagues during that stretch.
Sandy Alderson told WFAN earlier this week that Gee, Jon Niese, Zack Wheeler and Matt Harvey are essentially locks for his 2014 starting rotation, pending surgeries, trades, etc.
“I was never the highly touted guy that when you came up you knew you had a spot,” Gee said Wednesday, according to the New York Post. “When I came up in 2011, when I got recalled, I was pretty much pitching every start as start-to-start. Pretty much every time I pitched I had my bags packed ready to go back to Triple-A, and I ended up staying, so I’m used to it. I actually kind of feed off it a little bit.”
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
Gee missed the second half of last season with a blood clot in his right shoulder. He had surgery, then dealt with elbow tendinitis during Spring Training, all of which had to play a factor in his slow start this year. Clearly something clicked, or he’s just fully healthy again. It’s worth noting he had a 3.11 ERA in the 10 starts prior to ending last season early with the blood clot issue, so it’s not like he wasn’t pitching well before the physical set backs.
In the end, he’s walking fewer hitters, he’s changing speeds and locating his pitches, which, when coupled with him feeling good physically and mentally, he’s showing he can be a very good back-of-the-rotation, affordable, under-team-control starter for the next few years.