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.
Rick Morissey of the Chicago Sun-Times published an article on Sunday giving a bit of insight into Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein. When Epsten was younger, he dabbled in sportswriting, but quickly realized the trade wasn’t for him.
As Morissey details, when Epstein was 19 years old writing for Yale’s student newspaper, he wrote an article suggesting the school’s football coach should be fired during what would become a 3-7 season. Epstein was told during the meeting that one writer would defend the coach and one would call for his job. “It was a lesson in the way that the world of journalism sometimes works. It was an eye-opener for me. I regret it, and I’ve happily moved on.”
Epstein continued, “I realized I didn’t want to be a sportswriter when I was interning with the Orioles back in ’92, ’93, ’94. I did do a lot of media-relations stuff, and I saw that the life of a sportswriter is pretty lonely. You kind of work by yourself, sit there by yourself in the press box, go back to the hotel bar. Not to generalize.” He added, “But I really respect writing and respect sportswriters.”
He’s not wrong, and he seems to have found his calling as a front office executive. His Cubs are back in the World Series for the first time since 1945.
Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis tweeted on Sunday, “Got a little too close to [Francisco Lindor] during the celebration!! Freak accident but should be good to go by Tuesday! #cantkeepmeoutofthisgame!”
Per MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian, manager Terry Francona said Kipnis is dealing with a low ankle sprain, but he’s expected to be ready to go when the World Series begins on Tuesday. Kipnis went through fielding drills on Sunday.
Kipnis is hitting .167/.219/.367 with a pair of homers and four RBI in eight games this postseason.