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Gee officially named Opening Day starter

Terry Collins has officially named Dillon Gee the team’s Opening Day starter.

Gee went 12-11 with a 3.62 ERA and 1.281 WHIP in 2013.

It will be Gee’s first Opening Day start.

Last season’s Opening Day starter, Jon Niese, is expected to begin the season on the disabled list.




57 comments
Zach Ripple
Zach Ripple

People forget that after the first two months when this team had Cowgill, Valdespin, Tejada, Davis and Duda (in the outfield) all playing miserably, Marcum being awful, Niese on the DL, Gee and Hefner both pitching awful and a bunch of random spot starters along the way to go with Harvey, this team was 50-50 in the last 100 games of the season after Byrd, EY and Lagares were the primary outfield, Satin was at first base primarilly, Quintanilla was the shortstop, Buck became an automatic out (so was D'Arnaud when he took over), and then Wright missed over a month and Harvey went down for the final month and a half (Hefner went down too). Looking at the .500 team that the Mets were in the final four months, and with significant injuries, this team should be much improved with internal improvements for returning young players, free agent acquisitions and growth from a much deeper pitching staff, even with Harvey out. Look at the roster in late August and early September. Despite playing a month with a ton of spot starters in Harang, Dice-K and Torres, Wright and Ike being out and Harvey not being around, along with Wheeler getting shut down, this team was still decent and a .500 team through the final 100. This team will be better people! D'Arnaud and Lagares will improve, there's no way Ike and Tejada can be worse, and we will have a legitimate outfield to start the season, not for half a season (don't forget Byrd wasn't there the final month either!). This team should at least be .500, I really believe that. What will put them over the top is just how good Wheeler, Ike, Tejada and D'Arnaud are. That's what can put them in contention. 

chasesimms
chasesimms

70 - 75 win team regardless of who starts opening day. Can't win a lot of games with a linep that consists of the likes of Duda, Davis, Satin, Tejada, EYJ, and Young. What is the plan here? We're counting on Wright, Granderon and Murphy to all hit .390?

Bang up job improving that offense Sandy!

Let's Go Mets!

foophilly
foophilly

This is off topic but for all those fans who wanted Alderson to sign Josh Johnson he is going to be out 4-5 weeks with a strained flexor tendon. I knew it would be a mistake to sign him for what he got in SD. I see at least two long DL stints for him this year. Glad they steered clear of him.

Kevin Joseph Patrick
Kevin Joseph Patrick

Glad to know that a guy who would be the #5 starter on 90% of teams in baseball, #4 on the other 10%, is our ace going into the season. 90 wins here we come!!!

Coq de Pierre
Coq de Pierre

Cerrone, is it still 50/50 that the Mets get Nick Franklin for Vic Black?



mets2891
mets2891

No problem with this, Gee deserves it.  What I DO have a problem with is we still don't have a major league shortstop because our ownership is broke.

JC
JC

and they think they are going to win 90 games?  I think they were counting spring training games in the 90, so the goal is not unrealistic

greekgod
greekgod

It seems to me that we are having the same lineup as last years. OMG! How is the team going to drive in runs??

hankypanky
hankypanky

Good planning to have Gee start. He's a veteran and can handle himself better than a youngster on Opening Day.

Ian Roberts
Ian Roberts

Looking forward to Gee. Always thought he could be an ace. This year, yes.

Sam Mack
Sam Mack

Gee go get Em...I will be there rooting 4 U&the Mets!!!!

Dana Smith
Dana Smith

I like Dillon Gee a lot. I think he is poised to deliver a consistent, borderline breakout season. Here's to some hope, go get 'em Dillon!

John Paul Cullinane
John Paul Cullinane

I think our starters will be OK - mostly high 3's in the ERA column, but I really fear this team losing a lot of games due to a lack of run support.  Spring training "doesn't mean anything" but a lot needs to change:


Shortstops:

Tejada - .216 avg with a .275 OBP

Quintanilla - .182 avg with a .270 OBP

Seratelli - .195 avg with a .214 OBP


Possible starters besides Murphy and Chris Young:

Wright - .182 avg

Duda - .200 avg

Granderson - .195 avg

d'A - .154 avg

EYJ - .244 avg

Seamus Oatis
Seamus Oatis

I'm not pumped or 'stoked', but I'm mildly pleased with advancements this team has made. Still think Tejada has no business being on a major league roster, let alone a starter on a team who's GM tries to pacify its fan-base with suggestions of a 90 win season. We Mets fans may be disgruntled, but we're not stupid.

C.K. Dexter Haven
C.K. Dexter Haven

If being the opening day starter is still a privilege in this day and age, then i'm happy for Gee.  He's gone thru a lot here and persevered.  

cetonis
cetonis

@Zach Ripple  Well, stuff always goes wrong somewhere. Or at least, that's certainly been the experience with the Mets.

In any case, It's amusing to think about things like how different the conversation would be if Marcum had been even decent - say, 6-5 - before going down. Then the team finishes with 79 wins and the mindless pessimism going into 2014 isn't quite so sharp. Yet Marcum's 2013 performance has zero implications for this year's roster.

Bottom line is, it's a long season. In every sense of the word. The prior year's final record is almost useless when trying to predict the following year, what's important is what actually took place over the course of that season. Any argument including the words "74 win team" is highly likely to be invalid. You can only consider the pieces that are actually relevant - and in this case there isn't much.

You can't say a whole lot just from last year about whether D'Arnaud or Lagares will eventually hit, you don't know for sure that Tejada's year wasn't an anomaly, you kind of know that Davis and Duda can both get into awful mental spirals but that's a tough case since it can always just "click". You also don't know if Wright will get hurt again, if Granderson or CYoung will bounce back, if Colon can come close to repeating, if Gee can keep it up, if Niese can stay healthy for once, or how Wheeler progresses or regresses from here, etc.

There aren't very many established baselines on this squad, most everyone has either limited experience or a lot of up and down over the past couple years. You can't prognosticate it as well as you could a team assembled from veteran free agents or the like, and people can't even get those right. How about those first place Jays and last place Sox?

The best you can say about this squad is that in most of the question mark cases there are better-than-even to very-good odds of a positive outcome, which is perhaps better than things have been going into prior years.

Joe Paulson
Joe Paulson

@Zach Ripple This is a good spin on last year though I'd take it down a notch.  "90 wins" was a passing comment, a joke of sorts.  .500 is a serious goal & they should be aiming for it or a bit better.  83 wins is a "not quite there" moment & this team has some parts that should be interesting to watch. 

Joe Paulson
Joe Paulson

@chasesimms So, with an offense about as good as a month in (EY didn't come in until later), starting pitching again as good as about a month in (Wheeler not coming in until then ... fifth starters not of Marcum/Laffey variety), plans to get BETTER later (Noah S. coming etc.), the team is going to do WORSE than last year, huh? Why? Other than Harvey, who had no luck getting wins, how is the team WORSE?  Let's go Mets whine club.

realjetfan
realjetfan

@Kevin Joseph PatrickAre we talking about the same guy? The Gee I know had a 2.74 ERA in 13 starts in the second half of 2013 and pitched like a #2 after a horrid first two months.


Get rid of your prejudices against him. Just because he was never a "top prospect" by scouts and is not "flashy" with the MPH radar gun doesn't mean he'll forever be a #4 or #5. He's probably a #3 right now for MLB standards, can be as high as #2 and low as #4.

MetsFan1962
MetsFan1962

@Kevin Joseph Patrick I agree that Gee at his best is a 4 or 5 starting pitcher. Personally, I don't think it matters who pitches the first game of the season. We got better pitching this season. Now, iIf we can get the bats going, it will be a fun to watch season... Lets Go Mets!


sell
sell

But they "have money to spend."

sell
sell

No one seriously believes in 90, not a sane soul.

Gil Schwartz
Gil Schwartz

@Joseph Baffi A ridiculous comment.

They got Lombardozzi in a trade for Fister  during the winter. That was way before Iglesias was diagnosed with stress fractures.  Also, Alex Gonzalez is garbage. He's been out of baseball since June of last year.

Noah Conker
Noah Conker

@Joseph Baffi  Actually they traded Lombardozzi to get Gonzalez. They had acquired Lombardozzi in the Fister trade. And if you really think Gonzalez or Lombardozzi is any better than Tejada you're crazy.

sell
sell

If Ike Davis reverses all past failure, dArnaud does what he hasn't shown us yet, CYoung goes back in time 5 years, Granderson 3, and David Wright stays healthy for 150.

completely
completely

@Ian Roberts  Why do you think Gee can be an ace? Even with his relatively strong work last year, he's never pitched to a better than league average ERA and has a 1.30 WHIP in the majors. I don't see anything that suggests he's ace material.

arbt
arbt

Don't forget we had Byrd in our lineup last year. Suppose granderson can replace that, then what??? Tejada, c young, and Darnaud hit .200! This lineup is not going to produce a lot of runs I just don't see how it's better than last year. Also don't think Darnaud power will b close to what John buck gave you the first couple of months. As far as pitching goes we lost Harvey and replaced him with colon. Hopefully full year of wheeler and call up of Thor can help improve. Bottom line is: mets are not much of a better team from last year.

1345rmw
1345rmw

I agree with you on a lot of points but there is alway ifs with this team if Davis hits 20hr wright 20 grandly 20 etc etc it would be great

1345rmw
1345rmw

I agree but these are all ifs

Leif Granlind
Leif Granlind

Agree, but I am worried by the fact that we have no shortstop.

Dana Smith
Dana Smith

@Chris Lyons Really all that matters is timely and situational hitting. So far in the spring, the mets have shown an ability to string some hits together. Whether they can do that against solid major league pitching every day remains to be seen.

eric88
eric88

@Chris Lyons  Chris Young, Ike, TD must VASTLY improve. All 3 hit .200 last year. They EACH must add .75 to their BA. That is a great assuption on your part. Good luck with that. Also, don't forget Tajada and Legares who each must add .50+ points to their BA, A tall order.

Charlie Callahan
Charlie Callahan

You actually spent time to look all of this up? Embarrassed to call myself a met fan. All of this drivel is making me sick.

John Paul Cullinane
John Paul Cullinane

@Seamus Oatis I just can't be pleased at all as I don't see any advancements or improvements to the win total from last year.  This team will find it to be very difficult to score runs.  Sandy didn't get a SS, didn't get bullpen help, didn't get a legit cleanup hitter, and didn't get a legit leadoff man...now, we're being told they will platoon leadoff because EYJ's .244 avg has to be in the lineup because he can steal bases?  Flawed thinking.

All of the holes they had last year are still there.  So, I don't know how anyone can be pleased.  On a side note, Gee is one of the good guys and good for him.

Olerud42
Olerud42

@Joe Paulson @chasesimms  He didn't say they were worse. Last year they were a 70-75 win team. He is predicting the same thing this year. That would make them the same as last year, not worse.

Jon Pace
Jon Pace

@realjetfan @Kevin Joseph Patrick  You are absolutely 100% correct. Because Gee was never a top prospect and never suppose to have the career that he has had people are STILL in the back of their minds waiting for the bubble to burst. There are plenty of pitchers in the Majors RIGHT now who have had terrific careers that were never top prospects that we would all consider #1-#2 pitchers in the peak of their career. Three that come to mind right off the bat are Tim Hudson, Dan Haren, and James Shields. 

Anthony Mazza
Anthony Mazza

our outfield is so much better. nobody wants to mention that...defensively and offesnively.

byrd will not repeat those numbers, so just stop mentioning him, and what did buck do after april? just stop...yes i wish we addressed ss, but i am happy with the outfield, i think young will bounce back in a big way and do byrd numbers and i expect grandy too as well. but catcher will do better. byrd was a 36 year old having a career year, just stop.

Zach Ripple
Zach Ripple

@Noah Conker @Joseph Baffi  Lombardozzi isn't even a shortstop and Gonzalez was a non-roster invitee about to get released. Both suck. I agree with you here Noah, Tejada is easily a better option here. I'm no big fan of his, but let's not act like the Mets missed out on those two.

hlow24
hlow24

@sell  that team would be sick actually, ah we can dream!

Ed Yano
Ed Yano

Don't forget we traded Byrd with a month to go in the season.he finished with 425 AB.Granderson should have close to 600 AB.It is reasonable to expect that Grandy will be a more productive run producer this year than Byrd was last year just on those numbers alone.Wright miss a lot of time last year and should get close to 200 more AB this year then last year.How many wins is giving your 3/4 hitters 400/450 more AB worth?

Dana Smith
Dana Smith

@eric88 Tejada* Lagares* Assumption* .075* .050* Batting average isn't a "must". Production is a must. Batting Average is a by product of production. All of them could hit .300. But do they go 1-3 everyday? Or do they go 1-3 with a walk, a run scored and an RBI or two?

Seamus Oatis
Seamus Oatis

@Steven Matregrano @Seamus Oatis  I don't care how it got out, who he said it to, or what the context was, he said it.  He's accountable.  If Granderson told the front office to sign him because he felt he'd hit 90 home runs, we'd blast him.  

Seamus Oatis
Seamus Oatis

Well JPC, they got Grandy. I'm okay with him as a 4th or 5th batter. Hard to find a true clean up hitter in free agency. Angels tried to do it twice with Pujols and Hamilton, and failed twice. I agree about not having a leadoff hitter or a SS. It's really Bulsh.

Johnny Watts
Johnny Watts

I know people tell you all the time but I just thought I could reiterate. You are complete and utter moron. Post less