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Dillon Gee started 2013 going 2-6 with a 6.34 ERA in his first 10 starts.

He pitched well against the Yankees to end May and went 10-5 with a 2.71 ERA in his final 22 games.

"I just think it was the culmination of everything that had been going wrong went right that night," Gee told SNY's Mets Hot Stove, talking about the game against the Yankees in the Bronx. "It was a turning point, like a light when off in my head and I said, 'OK, this is how I'm supposed to be pitching.' I don't know if it was because of the time off, but it was like those first two months I was searching for the old me and finally I found it."

Gee ended the year 12-11 with a 3.62 ERA in 32 starts, during which he struck out 142 and walked 47 in 199 innings.

Gee put together the best season of his career. In retrospect, the short, rough outings that characterized his April and May can largely be attributed to his need to rebuild strength following his season-ending shoulder surgery in 2012. Beginning with his 12-strikeout gem against the Yankees, he stayed strong and effective all season. As a contact pitcher, his success will depend more on luck and defense than if he could blow hitters away, so I don’t expect this level of outcome from him on a regular basis, though he is a fourth or fifth starter that any team in baseball would be lucky to have.

The amazing part about his story this past season was that he was seemingly moments away from losing his rotation spot, but he found himself and turned in to one of the better pitchers in all of baseball.  A key difference for Gee was his change-up, which is his bread and butter pitch. It needs to be eye-level for him to be successful. Early in the season, it just wasn’t there and he was relying primarily on a fastball/slider combination with an occasional knuckle-curve to get by. He established his change-up during the Yankees game and never looked back.

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