Royals Report: 4 Things About Deflating Loss To Seattle
4) Dillon Gee Performed Like Dillon Gee
It’s clear this season that Dillon Gee is nothing more than a marginal stop gap as a starter. Gee pretty much pitched to that standard on Sunday.
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Gee lasted 3.2 innings, allowing 5 hits, 1 walk, and 2 earned runs while allowing another to score on his own error. He couldn’t get out of the fourth inning and required reliever Brian Flynn to bail him out. Gee gave up those two runs in the first inning when he threw wildly to second base in an attempt to turn a double play on a tapper back to the mound. Instead, he allowed the Mariners to get runners on first and third with one out.
Gee then hit Nelson Cruz with a pitch to load the bases before allowing a two-run single to third baseman Kyle Seager.
In the fourth, Gee recorded two quick outs before allowing two consecutive singles to put runners at first and third. KC Royals manager Ned Yost went to lefty Brian Flynn, who gave up a bunt single to shortstop Ketel Marte which scored center fielder Leonys Martin.
The bottom line is that the Kansas City Royals need to find someone else besides Dillon Gee to fill Chris Young‘s spot in the rotation if they expect to make a run at a playoff spot in the second half of the season. Yes, Gee is better than Chris Young. He’s not good enough to stabilize the rotation. Instead, Gee is merely less bad.
When you’re seven games out of first place while tied for third in the AL Central and 4.5 games out of the second AL wild card, a “less bad” Dillon Gee isn’t going to cut it.
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