Dillon Gee allowed three hits in seven scoreless innings, and the New York Mets beat Arizona 5-2 Wednesday to complete a three-game sweep and send the Diamondbacks to their sixth straight loss.
Anthony Rendon hit a three-run homer in the 10th inning and drove in a career-high four runs, twice rallying the Washington Nationals against the New York Mets’ suspect bullpen for a 9-7 opening-day victory Monday.
The Mets often play their best baseball on opening day. This year that good fortune will be put to the test against the Nationals and hard-throwing right-hander Stephen Strasburg.
Dillon Gee pitched six-innings of no-hit ball Wednesday night in is final tuneup before opening day, but the Houston Astros rallied for a 9-6 victory over the New York Mets.
“It’s a big honor,” Gee said. “I’m very thankful for that opportunity, but really I’ve just got to take it like any other game. It’s just one of 30-something starts I hope to get this year.”
“He’s probably the lead guy because of his success against the Nationals,” Collins said. “And to be honest, no disrespect to Bartolo or anybody else, but this guy’s won more games for us in three years than anybody on the staff.”
The 27-year-old told manager Terry Collins on Wednesday that his arm feels “dead,” according to MLB.com. He’s headed to New York to get an MRI on his shoulder. Collins said it’s just a precautionary move.
Wheeler showed signs last season of becoming a co-ace with Harvey, which is exactly what the Mets envisioned when they acquired the hard-throwing right-hander from the San Francisco Giants for Carlos Beltran back in July 2011.
John Lannan has agreed to a minor league contract with the New York Mets. The Amazin’s also settled its arbitration case with right-hander Dillon Gee, agreeing to a one-year contract worth $3,625,000.
Mets closer Bobby Parnell agreed Friday to a $3.7 million, one-year contract while second baseman Daniel Murphy settled for $5.7 million and left fielder Eric Young Jr. for $1.85 million.
Free-agent right-hander Bartolo Colon and the New York Mets finalized a two-year, $20 million deal.
Mets COO Jeff Wilpon made some bold comments about the future of his club on Tuesday. When addressing those comments, general manager Sandy Alderson admitted that his boss’ remarks were “off the cuff.”
It sounds like plenty of Mets will be on the hot-stove hot seat.
“I think now we’re entering a new phase where the short-term becomes somewhat more important than the long-term,” Alderson said. “And that’s how we’re going to go at it.”
D’Arnaud came through in a game of many missed opportunities after the two previous batters grounded into forceouts at the plate.