Dillon Gee expected to replace Zack Wheeler in Mets’ rotation

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With the news that Zack Wheeler has a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow and is likely facing Tommy John surgery, Mets manager Terry Collins told Matt Ehalt of the Bergen Record this afternoon that Dillon Gee is expected to take his spot in the starting rotation.

“It’s baseball and they know things can happen. We have to pick ourselves up. I think we got the right guy,” Collins said after the Mets lost 4-3 to Boston. “Dillon is a good pitcher. We’re going to ask him to do what he does and that’s give us quality innings.

Gee was a trade candidate for most of the offseason, but the Mets were unable to find the right deal for him and they look pretty fortunate to still have that depth today. This isn’t to say that he’s a great option or even has the upside of Wheeler, but he owns a 3.91 ERA (93 ERA+) in the majors and can do fine in the back of the rotation.

The Mets still have solid (albeit unproven depth) beyond Gee, with prospects Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, and Rafael Montero close to the majors. Some would understandably like to see Syndergaard get a look over Gee out of the gate, but odds are he’ll end up logging significant innings at the big league level this season regardless.

Angels’ Pujols passes Mays for 5th on homer list with No. 661

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ANAHEIM, Calif. — Los Angeles Angels slugger Albert Pujols passed Willie Mays for fifth place on the career home run list, hitting No. 661 on Friday night against Texas.

The 40-year-old Pujols connected for a solo homer with two outs in the fifth inning. He sent Wes Benjamin‘s fastball on a 1-2 count over the wall in left field.

Pujols has hit five homers this season. He tied Mays last Sunday at Colorado.

It is only Pujols’ second home run since Aug. 4. He now trails only Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755), Babe Ruth (714) and Alex Rodriguez (696).

Pujols has one more season left on his contract with the Angels after this year.

Benjamin was the 428th different pitcher Pujols homered against in his career. Only Bonds has homered against more pitchers (449).