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 previous outing against Houston, 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.”
Mike Minor allowed five runs in five innings for the Braves on Monday as his ERA climbed to 6.26. He also walked two and allowed three home runs.
Minor, who has been hit hard this spring, 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.
Atlanta’s Jason Heyward and Justin Upton hit back-to-back homers off Robert Carson.
Braves closer Craig Kimbrel, who has been hit hard this spring, pitched a scoreless inning.