COMMENTARY | You want to know why the New York Mets are in trouble?
It's not because Ruben Tejada has been an error waiting to happen at shortstop, and it has nothing to do with Ike Davis' early struggles at the plate.
The Mets are in trouble because their starting rotation, aside from Jonathon Niese and Matt Harvey, is in shambles. Zack Wheeler and Shaun Marcum can't get here soon enough. In the meantime, perhaps it would be best to pray for snow.
Nobody expected Aaron Laffey or Jeremy Hefner to be great. Neither pitcher has been. But the biggest concern is Dillon Gee, who turned in his second straight poor performance in Tuesday's loss in Game 1 of a doubleheader against the Colorado Rockies.
After getting snowed out Sunday in Minnesota and again on Monday in Colorado, the Mets were eager to get back on the field. But after getting swept yesterday, and after watching Gee struggle once again, those long days and nights waiting around in a hotel don't seem so bad.
After lasting just three innings and giving up seven runs on 10 hits against the Phillies last week, Gee wasn't much better on Tuesday. He didn't make it through the fifth inning, allowing five runs on seven hits, two walks, and a hit batter in four and 2/3 innings of work.
Gee is now 0-3 and his earned run average stands at 8.36.
Meanwhile, Wheeler is pitching for Triple-A Las Vegas and Marcum is still out with a neck injury. Niese and Harvey have been great, but they can't pitch every night.
This is a situation where you can envision the Mets' rotation improving as the season goes along. But in order to have a complete staff, the Mets need Gee to get on track.
It's early, but you can't be happy with what you saw yesterday. It wasn't the Coors Field air that doomed Gee. It was the walks, the hit batter, and Todd Helton's single that scored two and ended his day.
Aside from David Wright's two home runs, the Mets didn't play well in Game 1. In Game 2, they made two errors and left 10 men on base.
There's a lot not to like about the way the Mets played on Tuesday. It starts with Dillon Gee.
Charles Costello has followed the Mets closely since the rookie years of Darryl Strawberry (1983) and Dwight Gooden (1984). He was a beat reporter assigned to cover the Mets during the 1997 and 1998 seasons.
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