Mets 7 – Cubs 4 May 25, 2011

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The game was called because of rain with two outs in the top of the seventh. It was foggy and windy to start and then the rain was really coming down hard in the later innings. The game didn’t start well for the Mets or Dillon Gee. He was hit hard for 4 runs in the bottom of the first inning and I was wondering if he was going to make it to the second inning. He settled down surprisingly well and managed to get through all 6 innings without allowing another run. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen a pitcher look that bad to start and then settle down so well.

The Mets got lucky after Gee’s bad start to face some awful Cubs pitching. In 6.2 innings they had 12 hits and 5 walks. Carlos Beltran had a double and even a triple, if you can believe that! The Cubs pitching looked completely amateurish tonight.

The Mets and Cubs will play the rubber game of the series tomorrow before the Mets head home to play the Phillies.

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Preview: Mets at Cubs May 25, 2011

New York Mets (22-25) at Chicago Cubs (21-25) 8:05pm

Dillon Gee (3-0 3.44) vs. Casey Coleman (2-3 6.03)

TV: SNY              Radio: WFAN

What to watch: The Mets will try to shake off last night’s beating at the hands of the Cubs. Gee has been very good in four of his five starts this season. His last start against the Nationals was the best so far. He went 7.2 shutout innings allowing only 2 hits.

Coleman has been really up and down this season in his seven starts. In his last start in Florida he threw 5.2 shutout innings allowing 4 hits and 5 walks. But he’s been hit very hard in other starts so you never know what you’ll see from the 23 year old right hander.

Mets 1 – Nationals 0 May 19, 2011

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The Mets swept the two-game series and didn’t allow the offensively challenged Nats to score a run. Dillon Gee took a no-hitter to 5.2 innings and, of course, it was Livan Hernandez who broke it up with a single. The Mets got the final out on a disputed play at first base that appeared to pull Daniel Murphy off the base on a throw by Justin Turner.

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Preview: Nationals at Mets May 19, 2011

Washington Nationals (20-22) at New York Mets (20-22) 1:10pm

Livan Hernandez (3-5 3.92) vs. Dillon Gee (2-0 4.44)

TV: SNY   Radio: WFAN

What to watch: The Mets are going for the sweep of the short series behind Gee this afternoon if the weather holds out. The Mets have won both games Gee started since he came out of the bullpen to join the rotation. He didn’t pitch particularly well in Houston but got enough run support to avoid a loss. He went 5 innings and gave up 4 runs.

Hernandez had taken a loss in three straight starts coming into today’s game. Although he was a hard luck loser in his last start in Florida going 7 innings and allowing only 1 run. The Nats are 3-6 in games he started this year.

Mets 6 – Astros 4 May 13, 2011

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The Mets needed an eighth inning rally to come back from down 4-0 to beat the last place Astros. The Astros have the worst record in the National League but Bud Norris held the Mets scoreless until Jason Bay hit a solo shot to deep left field in the seventh inning. Bay’s homer was a long shot to the top of the big wall in left near the train tracks.

In the eighth inning, Fernando Martinez hit another long home run off Norris into deep right field as a pinch hitter. David Wright followed with a line drive home run into the short left field seats scoring 2 runs and giving the Mets the lead.

Dillon Gee’s line wasn’t very good pitching 5 innings and giving up 4 runs. But Ryota Igarashi relieved him in the sixth and allowed 2 inherited runners to score. Igarashi threw gas on the fire and that didn’t help Gee’s ERA. But Gee was having trouble throwing his curveball for strikes.

It was a good comeback win on the road but the Astros are a terrible team, only the Twins have a worse record in MLB.

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Preview: Mets at Astros May 13, 2011

New York Mets (17-20) at Houston Astros (14-23) 8:05pm

Dillon Gee (2-0 3.80) vs. Bud Norris (2-2 3.16)

TV: SNY   Radio: WFAN

What to watch: The last place Mets square off against the last place Astros in another barn burner of a series. The Astros took two out of three from the Mets at Citi Field last month. The Astros have lost three series’ in a row. Norris has been pitching really well though. He’s only allowed 6 runs in his last five starts over 32 innings.

Gee is making his fourth start of the year. The Mets have won all three games that he started this season. And he hasn’t allowed more than 2 runs in any start. It could be a decent pitching matchup even though both teams aren’t very good.

Mets 4 – Dodgers 2 May 7, 2011

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The Mets won their third straight game, won the series against the Dodgers, and have a chance for a sweep tomorrow. The big story in this game was that Chris Young had trouble getting loose in the bullpen before the game and was scratched. Dillon Gee got the last minute call to start. He seemed to be in trouble in every inning but went 5.1 innings and allowed only 2 runs.

The Mets offense had 9 hits and 5 walks. Jose Reyes was 2 for 5 but fell asleep off first base and got picked off by Dioneer Navarro in an embarrassing play. Then he broke from second to third on a ball hit to the shortstop. He definitely didn’t have his head in the game on the bases tonight.

The big hit came in the bottom of the eighth from Justin Turner. The bases were loaded and he hit a long ball to center that went over Matt Kemp’s head for a long single scoring 2 runs.

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