Dillon Gee fell one inning short of 200 on the year, throwing six innings Thursday during his final 2013 appearance.
He ends his season 13-12 with a 3.62 ERA in 32 starts, during which he struck out 142 and walked 47 in 199 innings.
“I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a little disappointed,” Gee said after the game. “I wanted it for sure. It was a big goal. It would have been a nice milestone to hit in my career.
Gee said he respected his manager’s decision to pull him from the game in a moment when the team had a chance to score.
Michael Baron, Contributor
Gee was pretty much lights out beginning in June. The amazing part about his story this season was that he was seemingly moments away from losing his rotation spot, but he found himself and turned in to one of the better pitchers in all of baseball.
A key difference for Gee was his change-up, which is his bread and butter pitch. It needs to be eye-level for him to be successful. Early in the season, it just wasn’t there and he was relying primarily on a fastball/slider combination with an occasional knuckle-curve to get by. He established his change-up during the Yankees game and never really looked back. His only hiccups came against the Phillies, which he told me became a mental thing for him during the course of the season. Despite his problems against Philadelphia, this was his finest season to date, and not only established his footing inside this rotation, but it gives him a very strong case as he enters the arbitration process for the first time in his career.
Maggie Wiggin, Contributor
Gee put together the best season of his career. In retrospect, the short, rough outings that characterized his April and May can largely be attributed to his need to rebuild strength following his season-ending shoulder surgery in 2012. Beginning with his 12-strikeout gem against the Yankees, Gee had 2.57 ERA during his final 143 1/3 innings. He stayed strong and effective all season. As a contact pitcher, his success will depend more on luck and defense than if he could blow hitters away, so I don’t expect this level of outcome from him on a regular basis, but he is a fourth or fifth starter that any team in baseball would be lucky to have.
Andrew Wharton, Contributor
All Gee did was come back from a terrifying injury and produce his finest season… even after a bad start to the year. I fully expect to hear his name mentioned in trade rumors this winter as the Mets try to bring in a bat. He’s not a centerpiece, but he’d be a damn fine addition to any rotation. Given what he went through last year, I couldn’t be more pleased with the season Dillon Gee has had. Good for him.