Saturday, September 24, 2011
Win total doesn't matter to Gee
By Matt Ehalt
Wins aren't a telling stat to Dillon Gee.
Sure, Gee will end up with the most wins on the Mets staff with 13 after securing the win in a 6-3 victory against Philadelphia on Saturday night. Even more impressive, he's the first Mets rookie to win at least 13 games since Dwight Gooden in 1984.
Yet when Gee looks six lockers down in the Mets' clubhouse, he sees a pitcher in R.A. Dickey who has fewer wins but who consistently kept his team in games. Something Gee wishes he could have replicated this season.
"It's nice to have 13 there, but I look at the season Dickey had and all the quality starts he had and stuff like that, and that's what I want," Gee said. "The wins and losses are obviously nice, but that's more of just what happens and a byproduct of what the team does."
Gee seemed more displeased with his outing Saturday and how his season finished than he did pleased with his personal victory. He just didn't feel consistent down the stretch after blazing to an 8-1 start this season. He felt like a different person and he saw it on tape. His sinker didn't sink as much. His changeup wasn't dropping. Pitches were flat. The movement was different.
Saturday night was an example. He gave up nine hits and three runs over six innings, working his way out of jams when he needed, but not exactly overpowering a Phillies lineup without four of its starters. A stark contrast to earlier in the day when Dickey tossed seven innings of one-run ball and carried a no-hitter into the seventh.
"I'm not satisfied with the way I pitched, I'm satisfied with the way at least I kind of buckled down and bared down and was able to battle through a pretty tough night," Gee said. "Me and (Josh) Thole buckled down and somehow got it done tonight."
While he didn't like how his season ended, Gee and manager Terry Collins both stressed the importance of Gee taking the ball every five days. He didn't miss a start during after taking over in the rotation for the injured Chris Young, despite his injury problems in the past.
That meant more to him than any wins total does.
"I think that's a big part of it, just trying to be able to pitch a full season," Gee said. "Obviously things didn't end the way I wanted them to but I'll work on that this offseason."