(Sports Network) - With just one loss over the last two months, Dillon Gee has
been one of the best pitchers in the majors.
Sunday, Gee tries to help the New York Mets avoid a three-game sweep at the
hands of the Detroit Tigers at Citi Field.
Gee has a 4-1 mark over his last 11 starts. The loss in that stretch came July
27 at Washington. The right-hander has a 3-0 record over his last six home
starts and hasn't lost a Citi Field since May 25 versus Atlanta. He is 2-0
with a 1.27 ERA through four starts this month.
In his last start, Monday at Target Field, Gee earned a win in a 5-1 final. He
allowed one run over 7 2/3 innings. Gee has a 1.47 ERA over his last seven
starts and opponents are hitting just .203 against him in that time. This will
be his first time facing the Tigers.
Rick Porcello, who will counter for Detroit, had won five straight decisions
until suffering a loss to the Twins on Tuesday. The righty gave up seven hits
and five runs in 4 1/3 frames. His lone career start against the Mets ended in
disaster when he surrendered 11 hits and seven runs over 3 2/3 innings in a
14-3 loss on June 28, 2011.
In addition to recording his first hit since 2009, Max Scherzer struck out 11
batters over six scoreless innings to lift the Tigers over Matt Harvey and the
Mets, 3-0, Saturday afternoon.
Not only did Scherzer become the first 19-game winner in the majors Saturday,
but he also became only the third pitcher in major league history to win at
least 19 of his first 20 decisions in a season.
The 29-year-old Scherzer (19-1) gave up three hits and walked four batters,
while Harvey (9-5) allowed two runs on a career-high 13 hits over 6 2/3
"It's something that was just fun to be a part of," Scherzer said. "I always
enjoy facing the best. I've always said you measure yourself. You never
measure yourself against the worst. When you have a chance to face one of the
best pitchers in the NL you always want to bring your 'A' game."
Saturday marked the first time in major league history that the All-Star Game
starting pitchers faced each other in a regular-season game in the same
"Today I couldn't throw a slider for a strike," Harvey said. "I didn't really
throw it that well at all."
Miguel Cabrera has reached base in 27 straight games for the Tigers, who enter
Sunday with a six-game lead on Cleveland in the AL Central. Detroit is 11-5
against NL competition this year.
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