Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Dillon Gee 'lost' on mound
By Adam Rubin
ST. LOUIS -- Dillon Gee is out of answers.
"I don't know what's going on," Gee said after surrendering six runs (five earned) in four innings Tuesday as his ERA ballooned to 6.13. "I don't even know what to say, really. I didn't feel all that bad tonight. I'm a ground ball guy, and I think I got seven ground ball hits today. I don't know what else to do. That's what I'm trying to do. That's what I've always tried to do is get ground balls, throw a lot of sinkers. It seems like a reoccurring theme right now that every single one of them kind of finds a way through.
"You want to get on a roll. I really need to. Like I said, it's not that I felt bad tonight. I really didn't. I felt all right, actually. I don't know. I don't even know what to really think right now. Physically I feel great. There's nothing going on there. I don't know. I'm kind of lost."
Manager Terry Collins said Gee will make his next start, Sunday at Wrigley Field, and Collin McHugh was not brought here to take that turn against the Cubs.
"As we sit here, at this particular time, I don't have an answer for you," Collins said about Gee's struggles. "Obviously this guy has gotten to the major leagues. He's become a very, very good major league pitcher with the command of his stuff. When he pitches good, he's a guy who can throw any pitch at any time. He keeps the hitters off balance. And he's not throwing strikes. Is it due to the surgery? I can't answer that. I don't have that answer. I asked [pitching coach] Dan [Warthen] if the delivery is the same. Dan said it is, or minute changes, which happen to everybody. He's just not making the pitches he normally makes.
"I've never seen him throw the ball so much up here," Collins continued, motioning upward. "That's just not where he pitches. He's usually down in the zone. His changeup is his big pitch -- to either hitter, right- or left-handed -- and he's not making pitches with that. We've got to go after it when he does his side [session] this time and try to come up with something that's going to work, because this guy is too big a piece of our puzzle to continue to struggle."