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Dillon Gee is in some really, really amazing company

May 5, 2014, 10:47 AM EDT

New York Mets starting pitcher Dillon Gee follows through on a pitch to the New York Yankees during their MLB interleague baseball game in New York Reuters

Mets right-hander Dillon Gee struggled last season in his return from a blood clot in his shoulder, going 2-6 with a 6.34 ERA through his first 10 starts. Then he struck out 12 batters in a dominant start against the Yankees on May 30 of last year and he hasn’t looked back since.

Gee shut out the Rockies for six innings at Coors Field yesterday and dating back to that May 30 game last season he’s now made 29 starts with a 2.66 ERA in 196 innings.

Check out where his 2.66 ERA ranks among all MLB pitchers with at least 20 starts during that nearly year-long span:

Jose Fernandez     1.56
Clayton Kershaw    1.89
Zack Greinke       2.29
Max Scherzer       2.53
Dillon Gee         2.66

That’s some pretty amazing company for Gee, who prior to that May 30 start last season had a lifetime 4.39 ERA in 353 innings through age 27. Considering how out of nowhere that performance has been and what Gee came back from, it’s a helluva story.

  1. Uncle Charlie - May 5, 2014 at 11:06 AM

    I guess numbers can mean anything. Look at Gee’s peripherals or watch him live and one word should come to mind “unsustainable”.

  2. bolweevils2 - May 5, 2014 at 1:56 PM

    The numbers, yeah. But watching him live? There he seems impressive enough. Batters are off balance, and don’t make tons of hard outs. It’s not as if he’s gotten by for a years worth of starts by batters hitting rockets at people all the time.

    2.66 ERA good? Probably not. But I could see him being an effective low 3s ERA over the long term.

  3. adenzeno - May 5, 2014 at 2:19 PM

    Greg Maddux Lite

  4. Uncle Charlie - May 5, 2014 at 8:03 PM

    Declining K & GB rates, increasing contact %, an impossibly low BABIP, and a BB rate going up all scream 4 ERA…Greg Maddux LOL didn’t realize there were so many Mets homers still.

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