Mack's Mets Savannah writer, Wally Murphy, fell at Grayson Stadium and fractured his hip. He is scheduled for surgery and lost for the season. Worse than this, this breaks his consecutive home games attended to every game ever played as a Mets affiliate (2007-2015).
All our prayers go out to Wally for a speedy recovery.
The picture I am using here of Dillon Gee was one I took during the (I believe) 2009 spring training press picture day that takes place the day before the spring training schedule starts. If I remember correctly, this is the day the Mets scrimmage against each other.
This was Gee sitting, waiting his turn to be called up to the camera line. His father used to be a consistent reader of Mack's Mets so I went out of my way to go over and introduce myself. I might have been the only person to say anything to him that day other than 'hey kid, come over here and smile'.
Gee was picked in the 21st round of the 2007 draft so don't ever say rewards don't sometimes come late.
Fangraphs had a interesting breakout on the pace of delivery that Gee uses throughout a game. It turns out that he is ranked first in baseball:
|3||Chris Sale||White Sox||19.0||19.1||70.8%||1.0||2.1||1.5|
|7||Mark Buehrle||Blue Jays||23.2||16.5||64.3%||2.2||0.2||1.2|
What one finds is that Gee has produced both (a) the third-lowest pace mark and also (b) the absolute highest strike rate among the 145 pitchers included in this sample. The distanced between the average of his z-scores and second-place Max Scherzer‘s is the equal to the difference between second-place Max Scherzer’s and 20th-place Jacob deGrom‘s. Put succinctly, no one — including commissioner Rob Manfred — is doing more to hasten along baseball games than the Mets right-hander.
Highest Strike Rates in 2015 Dillon Gee 74.2% Phil Hughes 71.6% Max Scherzer 71.4% Chris Sale 70.8% Bartolo Colon 70.7%
As I wrote yesterday, my original suggestion would have been to replace Gee with Rafael Montero in the rotation, but now that Montero is on the DL with right rotator cuff inflammation, I obviously would leave things alone and keep Gee as the SP5.
At the same time, I would recognize that for all the positive press this guy gets for getting through the 5th inning, he sure seems to have a hard time getting through either the 6th or 7th. I would look to Gee as a 'long starter'... a guy I can count on for five quality innings and probably no more. I probably would let him start the 6th, but I'd have two relievers throwing in the pen and, at the first sign of weariness (hit, walk, drop in velocity), I would yank him. Especially if the team had a lead at the time.