Originally written on Mets Merized Online  |  Last updated 3/7/13
Mets starter Dillon Gee took a significant step forward last season, improving in a few key areas. Gee lowered his ERA from 4.43 in 2011 to 4.10 last season. He took some big steps forward and has me optimistic for this upcoming season. The biggest sign of Gee’s improvement last season came from his so-called “peripherals”– walks and strikeouts. He saw a substantial drop in walks, going from 4.0 BB/9 to 2.4, and an increase in strikeouts, going from 6.4 K/9 to 8.0. That is likely the result of Gee mixing his pitches more effectively. He brought the use of his slider up from just 2 percent in 2011 to 13 percent last season while mixing in his curve ball a bit more as well. Gee also became less predictable with two strikes, using his changeup in that situation much less than he did in 2011. For that, there’s reason for optimism. The only problem I can foresee with Gee this season is arm strength. He was healthy through 17 starts, until doctors found a blood clot in his throwing should...
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