What defines an "ace"?
An ace doesn't just throw strikes, get outs, and go deep into games. Any pitcher at the major league level has the ability to do that. It doesn't make him an ace though.
In his rookie season, much to everyone's surprise, Dillon Gee has proven that he possesses ace-like qualities.
A rare find from the 2007 draft, he was far from a first round pick. He was taken in the 21st round as the 663rd overall pick to be exact.
After starting the season in Triple-A Buffalo, Gee has emerged as the Mets' top pitcher.
Far exceeding expectations, he is 7-0 with a 3.05 ERA. The Mets have won every game he's started. But being an ace is more than just numbers.
Gee never wears his emotions on his sleeve.
He could have allowed 15 runs, or he could have thrown a no-hitter, and no one would be able to tell.
He doesn't have meltdowns which invoke constant wiping of the forehead and hand licking (which, by the way, is so unsanitary. Knock it off, Mike Pelfrey).
Gee just goes about his business on the mound. This care free, laid back attitude, however, does more than just help Gee on the mound.
It helps the eight other guys playing alongside him.
When your pitcher throws with confidence, you as a position player have more confidence.
That's what Dillon Gee provides this team. A sense of calm, and new found confidence every time he steps on the hill. Just like an ace.