"He was up in the zone," Mets manager Terry Collins said after the game. "He's a better pitcher than he's showing."
Gee is 1-5 with a 5.06 ERA in eight starts since returning from the disabled list in early July, in which the Mets are 2-6. His first start back he allowed just one run over seven innings against the Braves. Then the team hit the All-Star break. Since, he's posted a 5.71 ERA over 41 innings.
He had been 3-1 with a 2.73 ERA prior to straining his back muscle.
He clearly has no feel for what he's doing on the mound since the All-Star break. I'd love to know how he feels in the bullpen before the game, because he looks to have no handle on his arsenal when it's go time.
He's been throwing a lollipop curve ball lately and it isn't fooling anyone, nor is it even close to the strike zone. And where is his change-up? Last night, the A's were just sitting on his fastball, which was up in the zone, and so they were squaring up on it and knocking him all over the ballpark.
The good news is that this is not the pitcher he had been during the previous year and a half, when his results were among the top in baseball. I trust eventually he'll find his grip and confidence and settle back in to the pitcher he knows he can be. But, man, in the meantime, it's been ugly to watch...