Maybe it’s not quite the same as starting a career 7-0, but Dillon Gee’s win tonight made him the first rookie to open a season 7-0 since Jered Weaver won nine in a row for the Angels after debuting in 2006.
Gee limited the Pirates to one run in a career-high eight innings as part of New York’s 8-1 victory. The Mets improved to 9-0 in his starts their season. They’re 22-32 the rest of the time.
Gee went 2-2 after debuting last September, so he’s not perfect for his career. However, he is technically a rookie and he’d surely be the choice for NL Rookie of the Year honors if the balloting were held today. He has a 3.05 ERA in 62 innings for the season. Excluding his three relief appearances, he’s at 2.67 in his nine starts.
Supporting Gee tonight were Jose Reyes, who went 3-for-5 and hit his second homer, and Angel Pagan, who tripled and doubled. The Mets roughed up another one of the NL’s biggest surprises in Charlie Morton, sending him to the showers with his worst start of the season; he gave up seven runs — six earned — in four innings.
Rangers reliever Jake Diekman will have surgery on January 25 to help alleviate ulcerative colitis, an inflammatory bowel disease. As a result, the lefty will miss at least half of the 2017 regular season, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. Diekman was diagnosed with the illness when he was 11 years old. He has brought awareness to the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America with a “Gut It Out” campaign.
Diekman, who turns 30 years old on Saturday, finished the 2016 campaign with a 3.40 ERA and a 59/26 K/BB ratio in 53 innings. He came to the Rangers from the Phillies in the Cole Hamels trade on July 31, 2015.
The Rangers and Diekman avoided arbitration last Friday, agreeing to a $2.55 million salary for the 2017 season.
It’s been on the verge of happening for a few days now, but now it’s official: the Toronto Blue Jays and Jose Bautista have reached a one-year deal with a mutual option. The deal is pending physical. An announcement making the deal official is expected later in week.
The exact financial figures have not been disclosed, but Jon Heyman reports that it will be in excess of the $17.2 million Bautista turned down when he turned down the Jays’ qualifying offer.
Bautista had a tough 2016, hitting .234/.366/.452 with 22 home runs and 69 RBI, and some clubs likely considered a long-term deal for the 36-year-old too risky, this leading to the relative lack of reported interest in Bautista by other clubs. But back-to-back ALCS appearances by the Jays and the success and popularity Bautista has experienced in Toronto make his re-signing there a pretty sensible move for all involved.