Mets Game 65: Loss to Braves
Braves 2 Mets 1
Suddenly, Dillon Gee is pitching like an ace. But it wasn’t quite enough.
Mets Game Notes
Gee worked quickly, threw a ton of strikes, and got quick outs. He shut out the Braves through 8, allowing just 3 hits and a walk. Was his performance a factor of the long delay, causing hitters to be more aggressive? Maybe, but he looked stellar regardless, and pitched just well enough to beat the great Tim Hudson. Almost.
Gee had to do it all himself — he drove in the Mets’ lone run with a single.
I have to wonder: what if the game had been canceled? Would the Mets have skipped Gee’s turn and still went with Zack Wheeler in Tuesday’s nightcap? Hmm …
Say what you want about Bobby Parnell waiting and ready in the bullpen. If I’m the manager, I’m sticking with Gee in the ninth. He deserved a shot to finish the game and earn a shutout, but more importantly, he was pitching spectacularly.
If only Freddie Freeman had suffered the flu or turned an ankle prior to game time, perhaps Gee would’ve earned that shutout win. Freeman was the only Braves batter who handled Gee all night — he was 3-for-4 and looks locked in.
In his first start at 1B in 2013, Lucas Duda looked like a brand-new player. He went 4-for-4 with an aggressive yet controlled approach, and did well on defense. More than anything else was an apparent change in facial expression and body language — he was clearly comfortable and full of joy. If playing his natural position is what made this drastic change, and allows him to hit the way everyone has been hoping, then Ike Davis‘ ticket to Las Vegas could be of the one-way variety.
Sorry to not post more in-depth notes, but this was too late a ballgame for me. Feel free to expound in the comments.
Next Mets Game
The Mets and Braves engage in a twi-night doubleheader on Tuesday. Game one begins at 1:10 p.m. and pits Matt Harvey and Alex Wood. Game two starts at 7:10 p.m. and will feature Zack Wheeler vs. Paul Maholm.