Found February 13, 2012 on BigAppleMetsTalk:

Last year Dillon Gee burst onto the scene like a man possessed.  He hit the ground running and helped keep the Mets stay respectable for the majority of the season until Sandy dealt key pieces at the trade deadline. Aside from R.A. Dickey, Gee was the Mets best starter last season and ended with 13 wins which was the most on the club. What can we realistically expect from him for the 2012 season?

It is very hard to predict what he might be because it took him so long to perform well enough to make it to the bigs. He is 27 years old so it’s not like he is a young prospect coming up with a long promising future ahead of him. What do you make of it then?  Was last season a fluke, or was it him just finally putting it together?

The way I see it, Dillon has the potential to be a Major League pitcher but I am just not sold on him be a good one yet.  If he ultimately ends up staying a starting pitcher, I just don’t see him being much better than a #3 starter, and that may be a stretch.  He is most likely at best a good #4 or a very good #5 starter and I am more than fine with that.

You need a good solid rotation from start to finish, and if you have to build from the back tot front instead of the other way around than that is just what you do.

It appears that Dillon Gee is going to be a shoe in for the starting rotation out of camp, but he is by no means a guarantee should he struggle.  We have a couple young arms waiting in Matt Harvey and Jeurys Familia ready to burst onto the scene.  Should anyone falter, and either of those two are ready you can be sure they will be strongly considered.

Realistically I can see Gee coming close to repeating what he did last season.  He pitched extremely well, then hit a snag for a little while and seemed to regroup towards the end of the season.

Teams are going to come in with well prepared against Gee this season. They will have a book on him with his tendencies, frequent pitch sequences and patterns.  It will be up to Dillon to adjust on the fly so he does not hit that dreaded sophomore slump.

I think he has the potential to do that, as he seemed to mix things up for the most part last season.  Santana’s leadership will also be there as well to help guide some of the young guys, something I think they all missed last season.

I can realistically see Gee winning anywhere from 10-13 wins this season, with a ERA hovering around 4. He is not much of a strikeout guy, but he is solid enough in that area so I can see around 115-125 which is pretty respectable.

Gee has a major opportunity to make his case that he deserves to bein this rotation going forward. It will be up to him to prove he belongs and does not need to be replaced by one of the young guys or someone via free agency or trade. To stay competitive this season he is one of many parts that need to perform well, and I am very interested in seeing if he can repeat what he did on 2011.


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