Mets Game 139: Win Over Nationals

Mets 4 Nationals 1

The Mets spoiled Yunesky Maya’s MLB debut, but savored Dillon Gee’s.

Game Notes

Dillon Gee made the most of his MLB debut, allowing one run on two hits and three walks in a 7-inning, 86-pitch effort to earn his first career win.

Gee relied heavily on a 12-6 overhand curveball and a flat slider that to me looks more like a fast curve, as he spots it high and it doesn’t get much lateral movement. I can see how he allowed so many homeruns in the minors, as that slider stays up in the zone; he hangs the deuce on occasion; and his fastball is average in velocity (ranging 89-91) with minimal movement and located waist-high or higher. He did keep all of his pitches around the strike zone, and as a result was very efficient with his pitch count.

Gee had a no-hitter going until blasted a solo homer in the sixth. The second hit was a single in the seventh swatted by Kevin Mench.

As if his pitching performance wasn’t enough, Gee also rapped an RBI single for the Mets’ fourth and final run.

The rest of the runs came courtesy of Ike Davis’ 3-run homer in the first frame. Davis is blistering hot, as he 8 for his last 15 with 7 RBI.

Next Mets Game

The rubber match takes place at 12:35 PM EST on Wednesday afternoon in Washington DC. R.A. Dickey takes the hill against Livan Hernandez in what could be the slowest-pitching combined performance of the season. If nothing else it will be interesting to see which is slower: Dickey’s knuckler or Livan’s eephus curve.

Joe Janish began MetsToday in 2005 to provide the unique perspective of a high-level player and coach -- he earned NCAA D-1 All-American honors as a catcher and coached several players who went on to play pro ball. As a result his posts often include mechanical evaluations, scout-like analysis, and opinions that go beyond the numbers. Follow Joe's baseball tips on Twitter at @onbaseball and at the On Baseball Google Plus page.