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I was going to start this post about Dillon Gee by making fun of how to pronounce his name but MLB did a great job of that already.  And by ‘did a great job’ I mean they set up a fun premise and Gee acted like what he was – an athlete put in front of a camera who can’t convey humor.  Hey, we can’t all be Peyton Manning.  Sorry for cross-pollinating your sports worlds, Razzball, but you see I am Sky from the Fantasy Football side so you’re just going to have to deal with it.  I’ll lay the BABIP on you just as frequently as I lay the YAC cuz I got game and I bring the swag, bro!  #YOLO!  Sorry, thought I was a frat boy there for a minute.  Now let me channel my inner deep pitcher caller like I did last year with another Met, Jon Niese, and see if I can get you all geed out about Gee for 2013 fantasy baseball…

Truthfully, I don’t know how long Gee is gonna stay a secret.  Truthfully part deux, I don’t think he should be so I’d hope it stays short-lived.  Truthfully Three: The End Of The Trilogy, I don’t know when you’re going to see this but I’m writing it in early January of 2013 in my Finding Nemo footie PJ’s so even if you don’t read this until late February you heard it hear first!  There’s a lot to like about Dillon from his 2012 season.  He had a whopping 6 wins, a 4.10 ERA and only gave you 109.2 IP…hrm, I think I got my ‘lot to like’ mixed up with my ‘lot to hate’.  Gee went down with a shoulder injury in July which was effectively the end to his season.  Normally hearing ‘shoulder injury’ and ‘fantasy sleeper pitcher’ don’t go well together but hear me out.  Gee’s injury was a blood clot in his shoulder and it wasn’t what knocked him out for the year but the elective surgery afterwards to prevent further blood clots from happening.  In that respect, the surgery was a preventative measure and should be viewed as such when draft day comes.  So now that we’re no longer concerned with the injury, let’s discuss Gee’s goods.  Dillon had a 7.96 K/9 rate in 2012 and a 3.34 K:BB ratio to go with a 21% K percentage.  In viewing those stats, I’m asking you to ignore his previous major league stints and refer back to his minor league AAA numbers.  They’re nearly identical so this skill set isn’t coming from nowhere.  The other thing to notice is his xFIP of 3.54.  He started off the year with a rough Mar/Apr, smacking him around with a .350 BABIP and a 4.85 ERA.  Considering that was nearly 1/3rd of his season’s stats, his 4.10 ending ERA doesn’t look quite as bad in hindsight.  When you consider Niese had a 3.64 xFIP and Grey’s 2013 Matt Harvey fantasy wunderkind had it at 3.49, we’re seeing a true discount on a guy who could give a similar line when it’s all said and done.  So if you’re into finding an ERA of 3.50 to 3.75 with 160 K in 180 innings that’s currently going behind Clayton Richards by 20 spots – current ADP of 269 – it’s time to say to yourself: Gee whiz, Dillon Gee is a steal this year!  And please do it in a either a Wally or ‘the Beav’ voice for good measure.

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  1. Brendan says:
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    Couldn’t agree with this post more. I’m a Mets fan and I find it funny that other fans don’t like this guy at all. He was reliable for my fantasy team before the injury last season and hopefully I’ll be scooping Gee up late in my draft this year.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Internet fist-bump. Looks more and more like he’s going to be ignored come draft day. Yay for us!

  2. Wallpaper Paterson says:
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    I had him on my team last year and will consider him again this year.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Yeah think he has the potential to end with SP3 numbers if he plays a whole season. Good late pick

      • Wallpaper Paterson says:
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        @Sky: Yeah, he’s got the potential to do that. He will be a nice guy to get for a dollar or two in auction leagues.

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Yeah, in looking at Grey’s rankings, I’d put him in that Homer Bailey area if he performs up to what his peripherals were last year for a full year.

          • Wallpaper Paterson says:
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            @Sky: Yeah, he is kind of similar to Bailey. All five of the Mets starters should be ownable in most leagues. Well, not in AL-only leagues of course.

            By the way, I have not played in a league specific loop since maybe ’03. Remind me what happens when a trade sends a player to another circuit? He’s on your fantasy roster one day and vanishes in the morning?

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              I 100% agree RE: Mets starters. Lot of value plays, Gee was just getting the least pub.

              Actually I don’t and haven’t done -only leagues. I’m pretty sure you’re right that they’re just not there anymore.

              • Brian says:
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                @Sky:

                Not always true. I play in an AL only league that lets you keep players who are traded to the NL.

                • Sky

                  Sky says:
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                  @Brian: I figured there would be exception to the rule, just meant in general. In the end, never played one so thanks for the chime in.

  3. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:
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    Wow! My beloved Metropolitan staff is getting a lot of play on Razzball. I was hoping that they would remain a secret. Dillon Gee is a #3 pitcher on most staffs. Now, if we only had Dickey back…and an outfield that wasn’t the worst in baseball…and an owner who wasn’t a cheap crook.

    • Brendan says:
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      @Paulie Allnuts: Should at least be an interesting season for them. Maybe that’s just the optimist in me rising up because I haven’t watched them play in months though. Looking forward to Harvey and hopefully Wheeler and d’Arnaud by May.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Paulie Allnuts: I’m a Mariners fan. Let’s share our sad, sad stories together…

      Ha, I love their staff and the Brewers for fantasy purposes. Brewers, though, have a higher chance at implosion. Mets have at least 4 arms that – if healthy – won’t be your staff ace but can be cheap anchors. SP2/SP3 stuff all up in that, you should at least enjoy watching a 3-4 loss knowing Gee went 7 and only gave up 2 of them earned…right?

      • Brendan says:
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        @Sky: @Sky: That is exactly the kind of Mets loss I have come to expect. I do enjoy watching our starters pitch well though.

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Like I said, Mariners fan over here. I’m more used to losing 2-1 but were not so different, you and I…

          • Brendan says:
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            @Sky: We definitely experience the same kind of disappointment each season.

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              Only difference is the puns

              DisappointMets

              Disapoint-Ms

              • Brendan says:
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                @Sky: It’s so close you barely tell the difference. You guys even have Jason Bay now!

                • Sky

                  Sky says:
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                  I really hope we don’t after Spring training! Take him down to Pike’s market and chuck him with the rest of the dead fish!

                  • Brendan says:
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                    @Sky: Haha that’s probably the best way to deal with him. I just feel like the guy has nothing left, but I really hope he proves me wrong. I wouldn’t even be mad about it.

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Yeah, I don’t mind being proven wrong either. I’m married after all.

                    • Wallpaper Paterson says:
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                      @Brendan: I am a Mets fan. All Bundy luck says Jason Bay will be good again. I would not bet a penny on it, however.

                    • Wallpaper Paterson says:
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                      @Brendan: Al Bundy. Al. Darn phone switching words on me.

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