Mets 4, Nationals 1: Gee-Oh-Oh-Dee

In his big league debut tonight, Dillon Gee needed just 86 pitches to get through seven innings. His final pitching line looks like this.

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That he was pulled despite such a low pitch count can be chalked up to the Quit While You're Ahead maxim afflicting the modern-day handling of young pitchers. It's ridiculous and GKR were quick to point out as much on tonight's broadcast. I understand that confidence is integral in bringing pitchers along, but fail to see the harm in allowing Gee to pitch on until he allows a baserunner or two. At all events, it's nothing to lose sleep over and the salient takeaway from tonight's game is that Gee pitched extremely well against a pretty decent Nationals lineup.

The Nats were aggressive all night and Gee took advantage of that fact, keeping the ball around the strike zone and generating plenty of quick outs. Very little was hit hard; Ian Desmond's line out to center was the only line-drive out Gee recorded, and Willie Harris's home run in the bottom of the sixth may have been the only other well-struck ball all night. Gee also did a great job keeping the ball on the ground, with 11 of his 17 in-play outs coming on the ground. And while he wasn't overpowering, he did get nine swinging strikes (10.5%), with most of those coming on his breaking pitches.

Here is Gee's pitch distribution.

Pitch Type Pitches Strikes % Strikes Swinging Strikes % SwStr Strikeouts
Fastball 42 26 61.9% 2 4.8% 1
Changeup 20 13 65.0% 1 5.0% 0
Slider 12 9 75.0% 4 33.3% 2
Curveball 12 5 41.8% 2 16.7% 1

He had some difficulty getting the curveball over, but the curve and the slider missed plenty of bats and were the put-away pitches on three of Gee's four punchouts. Not satisfied with merely pitching well, Gee also picked up an RBI single in the second inning in his first major league plate appearance. All told, a fine debut for Gee, who should give us all a reason to watch the Mets every fifth day or so in September.

Lucas Duda went 0-for-2 before Nick Evans pinch-hit for him in the sixth inning. The Duda has just one hit and nine strikeouts in 22 at-bats, though he does have four unintentional walks and has seen 4.25 pitches per plate appearance, which is better than any current Met save the Merchant of Opposing Pitcher Attrition himself, Jon Niese, who has seen 4.63 pitches per plate appearance this season.

Ike Davis had another big day, going 2-for-3 with a tremendous three-run home run in the first that went into the second deck in right-center field at Nationals Park. He also drew a walk, his 24th since the beginning of August. He is hitting .421/.577/.842 in September. Sustainable, no, but it sure is fun to watch.

This series wraps up Wednesday at 12:35pm when R.A. Dickey takes on Livan Hernandez.

Poem by Howard Megdal

Johan sub needs no apology
Ike's blast a study in aerology
Harris continues demonology
All in first win for Dillon Gee

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* Traditional Recap
* Boxscore
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* Federal Baseball Gamethread

Win Probability Added

Big winners: Dillon Gee, +27.1% WPA, Ike Davis, +22.3% WPA
Big losers: Angel Pagan, -5.4% WPA, Lucas Duda, -4.5% WPA
Teh aw3s0mest play: FANGRAPHS FAIL
Teh sux0rest play: FANGRAPHS FAIL
Total pitcher WPA: +37.6% WPA
Total batter WPA: +12.4% WPA
GWRBI!: Ike Davis

Game Thread Roll Call

Nice job by MookieTheCat; his effort in the game thread embiggens us all.

Num Name # of Posts
1 MookieTheCat 99
2 KeithsMoustache 79
3 aparkermarshall 46
4 HELLYEAHGARYOAK 34
5 Juve1899 30
6 deadspy3 28
7 sj10689 27
8 NetsMets4Life 26
9 the caveman 25
10 NYC Russ 23
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