Dillon Gee to return Sunday; Mets plan to go with six-man rotation

The New York Mets will be expecting one of their veteran starters to rejoin their rotation on Sunday against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Right-hander Dillon Gee is set to come of the disabled list after nursing a groin injury that has sidelined him for a couple weeks. However, his return is not going push anyone out of the rotation, which indicates that the New York Mets will be deploying a six-man rotation over the next few weeks, according to Anthony DiComo of MLB.com.

Going with a six-man rotation is surprising merely because the Mets would be the only team to be utilizing one. There was speculation that when Gee returned he would shift to the bullpen which would enable right-handed youngster Noah Syndergaard to remain in the rotation and continue to gain major league experience. The Mets are taking a different course of action though and seem inclined to run with a six-man rotation to keep both pitchers in the lineup for the time being.

Gee has had a steady career with the Mets. He hasn’t been flashy but he has shown some steadiness in the rotation. So far he has posted a 3.86 ERA across 30.1 innings of work before he hit the disabled list. However the Mets are rich in young pitching and are finally starting to develop their pitching prospects as Syndergaard is the latest Mets’ pitching prospect to reach the majors. Last year it was Jacob DeGrom who made the leap to the majors now this year it appears to be Syndergaard’s turn. The right-hander was one of the key prospects in the R.A. Dickey blockbuster that sent the veteran knuckleballer to the Toronto Blue Jays and in exchange netted the Mets Syndergaard and catcher Travis d’Arnaud as key prospects.

The youngster dominated Triple-A in the early season going 5-0 with a sizzling 1.82 ERA across 29.1 innings of work along with an impressive 10.3 SO/9 ratio. So far he’s shown solid promise in his early major league career with the Mets as he owns a 3.18 ERA across 11.1 innings of work along with a 8.7 SO/9 ratio. His control has been a little shaky as he’s averaging a 4.0 BB/9 ratio but the Mets are clearly confident he can get over that hurdle. Keeping both him and Gee in the rotation has benefits. The Mets have more pitchers than they know what to do with and having Gee continue to pitch allows them to showcase what a value he can be to other teams and it also allows Syndergaard to continue to grow as a pitcher. The Mets are slowly transforming their rotation into a huge strength that will consist of right-handed youngsters Matt Harvey, Zack Wheeler, Syndergaard, DeGrom and Steven Matz.

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