Found March 25, 2013 on
Fox Sports South:
New York Mets
St. Louis Cardinals
KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Dillon Gee stayed positive despite his tough spring for the New York Mets.
The type of outing he had Monday against the Atlanta Braves should make him feel even better.
Gee pitched six scoreless innings and struck out seven as the Mets topped the Braves 7-4. Gee had allowed 11 earned runs in his previous two starts and missed the second half of last season with a blood clot in his right shoulder.
"I've never gotten caught up in spring training," Gee said. "I am just trying to be aggressive. To do well in a big lineup like I did today makes me feel good."
Even though Gee allowed five earned runs in four innings in his last outing against the Houston Astros, Mets manager Terry Collins felt the right-hander turned a corner during that rocky outing.
"He got hit in that last inning, but he finished strong," Collins said. "He came back to the dugout after it was over and said, I'm back.' He showed that today."
Gee went 6-7 with a 4.10 ERA in 17 starts last season and is being counted on to be a mainstay in the starting rotation this season.
"I've been pitching well this spring and had some good bullpens, but it isn't what it is until you have to face a real batter," Gee said. "It's coming around."
Gee is convinced that he simply needs to stop overthinking his pitches.
"I have been thinking too much out there," Gee said. "That's when I start to struggle. There's too much on my mind, so I just decided to be aggressive and just let it go. I have to keep it all out of my head and see what happens."
Meanwhile, Mike Minor allowed five runs in five innings for the Braves as his ERA climbed to 6.26. He also walked two and allowed three home runs.
Minor has been hit hard this spring and allowed homers to Andrew Brown, Jamie Hoffmann, and Collin Cowgill. Minor is scheduled for one more start before the team breaks camp. He said he isn't worried about his spring struggles.
"I think I did better today than I have been," Minor said. "I just threw a few that went straight and they ended up going straight out of the ballpark."
Minor said he brought a new attitude to camp this year and that his struggles aren't getting to him.
"I feel like I'm a whole different pitcher than I was last year," said Minor, who went 11-10 for the Braves in 2012. "If I got hit like this last spring, it would have been completely different. This year, I am just thinking about the next pitch."
Cowgill and Hoffman each had two hits for New York.
Jason Heyward and Justin Upton hit back-to-back homers off of Robert Carson for the Braves. Braves closer Craig Kimbrel, who has been hit hard this spring, pitched a scoreless inning.
Notes: Jeremy Hefner will start for the Mets on Tuesday in Port St. Lucie against the St. Louis Cardinals. Adam Wainwright will start for the Cardinals. ... OF Matt den Dekker was sent to New York after breaking his right wrist in Sunday's game. ... Collins said he still hasn't made any decision on the makeup of his bullpen, but he isn't committed to having two or more lefties. ... SS Ruben Tejada went 0 for 2 with a walk and saw his average drop to .085. Collins said he isn't overly concerned. "Be careful how much you make out of spring training," Collins said. "It's what happens under the bright lights that counts." ... Tim Hudson will start for the Braves on Tuesday against Detroit. Minor leaguer Shawn Hill will start for the Tigers. ... The Braves lead National League teams in hits this spring with 318. ... The Braves reassigned IF Blaine DeWitt, OF Jordan Parraz, and OF Joe Terdoslavich to minor league camp, and optioned C Christian Bethancourt to Double-A Mississippi.
BEST OF MAXIM
Adam Rubin of ESPN New York writes:
In desperate need of clearing several spots, the Mets have put out word to other teams that they are interested in moving non-core prospects on the 40-man roster.
Among those available via trade: Gonzalez Germen, Darin Gorski, Reese Havens, Juan Lagares, Cesar Puello, Elvin Ramirez and Hansel Robles.
That is based on the assumption that Omar...
#MetsTwitter for those of you who are not aware, is a large collection of die hard Mets fans, young & old, male & female, positive & negative, that use twitter as a way to talk about the Mets.
It has some really great people, it has some really not so great people and it can be both hilarious and depressing in the same day.
If I had one piece of solid advice when it comes...
According to Jorge Castillo of The Star Ledger, Jenrry Mejia, who has not pitched since March 11 due to what the Mets first labeled forearm tendinitis, has been shutdown for at least six weeks due to inflammation in his elbow.
“I feel a little pain, not much,” Mejia said in Spanish. “But sometimes a little pain turns into a lot so you don’t want to force anything. It’s...
New York Mets right-hander Shaun Marcum could miss the start of the regular season because of a neck injury.
Marcum, who signed a $4 million, one-year contract during the offseason, experienced discomfort during a bullpen session Monday. He was being examined in Port St. Lucie on Tuesday and was all but certain to miss his final exhibition start, slated for Thursday.
After he played in a minor league game today, the Mets softened their position on whether David Wright could be ready for Opening Day.
When Wright was pulled from the World Baseball Classic last week, manager Terry Collins was thinking a month. Not any longer.
“I would not be surprised if David Wright is there Opening Day,’’ Collins told reporters today. “There will be a...
Mets manager Terry Collins says Shaun Marcum is coming to New York to have his pitching shoulder and neck examined by team doctors and that Aaron Laffey would likely make a spot start in place of the right-hander Sunday.
Collins says that Marcum will see the team's doctors Thursday.
Marcum was unable to pitch a simulated game Tuesday at the Mets' spring training complex...
The Game Chatter returns! Join us for today’s game against the Cardinals, with Jonathon Niese going up against Adam Wainwright. First pitch slated for 1:10 pm Eastern.
LOADING...Powered by Quick Chat
Related Posts:Mets Game Chatter – 8/11/12Mets Game Chatter – 9/5/12Mets Game Chatter – 8/1/12Mets Game Chatter – 7/25/12Mets Game Chatter – 7/26/12
SIGNED/RESIGNED: David Wright (3B), Shaun Marcum (P), Brandon Lyon (P), LaTroy Hawkins (P), Pedro Feliciano (P)
TRADED FOR: Brandon Hicks (SS), Collin Cowgill (OF), John Buck (C), Travis d'Arnoud (C)
Josh Thole (C), R.A. Dickey (P), Scott Hairston (OF), Jason Bay (OF), Jon Rouch (P),...
The reputation and character of former New York Mets outfielder Lenny Dykstra is hit hard in a new book written by one of his former employees, as detailed by the New York Post.Dykstra, who helped lead the Mets to a World Series title in 1986, has suffered a huge fall from grace since retiring from baseball. He is currently in prison on multiple charges including grand theft auto...
With opening day around the corner and the Daily Stache getting ready to celebrate five years of Mets Blogging Excellence, I thought why not give you the reader a chance to win a great prize.
The documentary “Knuckleball” will be released on DVD on April 2nd and the people at MPI/Film buff have given me the opportunity to allow one of you to get one of 3 DVD’s of the best baseball...
Center fielder Matt den Dekker was pulled out of today’s game after landing hard on his glove hand trying to make a leaping catch on the warning track.
Mets trainers are tending to den Dekker and he is getting his wrist bandaged in clubhouse and looks to be in pain.
The defensively gifted, but offensively challenged outfielder, was 0-for-2 against the Tigers and is hitting .205...