Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) -
Fantasy owners have been all over the call- up of New York Mets pitching prospect Zack Wheeler, but there's another right-hander in New York's rotation besides Wheeler and Matt Harvey who can help fantasy teams.
While the season numbers don't show it yet, Dillon Gee has turned into a reliable arm over the past three weeks.
He found his groove on May 30 against the New York Yankees, striking out a career-high 12 batters with zero walks and allowing four hits and one run over 7 1/3 innings. Including that outing, he's 3-1 with a 1.53 ERA and a 32/4 K/BB in 29 1/3 innings over his last four turns.
The one loss came Monday against the Atlanta Braves, when Gee took a shutout into the ninth inning but gave up a walk-off two-run homer to Freddie Freeman with one out. The right-hander still only allowed five hits while striking out six and walking one in the game.
Gee is only owned in 14 percent of Yahoo! leagues despite his recent success, but it's not hard to see why. The right-hander still has a 4.56 ERA and a 1.44 WHIP because he was hit so hard over his first 10 starts.
He gave up 69 hits and had a 6.34 ERA in 49 2/3 innings in that span, but it wasn't entirely his fault. OK, the 1.45 HR/9 was his fault, but bad luck played a part in his 12.5 H/9.
He had a 21 percent line drive rate over his first 10 starts, which is close to the league average, but he had a .370 batting average on balls in play (BABIP).
On the year, Gee has allowed line drives at a rate of 19 percent with runners on base and a rate of 18.3 percent with runners in scoring position, but his BABIPs in those situations are .340 and .379, respectively.
Gee started out similarly last season. He had a 5.44 ERA, a 1.27 HR/9 and a 10.5 H/9 over his first eight starts, getting a .336 BABIP despite posting a 19 percent line-drive rate.
Over his next nine starts, Gee had a 3.00 ERA, a 0.75 HR/9 and a 7.5 H/9 before a blood clot in his right shoulder ended his season.
Gee will make his next start at Philadelphia against the Phillies, a team that has battered him for 55 hits and 33 earned runs in 39 2/3 innings in his career. Gee also has a 5.68 ERA on the road this season and a 5.02 ERA on the road for his career, so this really is a terrible matchup on paper.
However, so was his start at the Yankees on May 30, at the Washington Nationals on June 5 and at Atlanta Monday. Home against the St. Louis on June 12 wasn't so great, either, and Gee still breezed through that one.
Gee may not be part of the Mets' new "Generation K," but he's proving that "Generation Gee" isn't so bad.