Dillon Gee felt he had been too timid this spring, too caught up in mechanics. Monday, Gee decided to go after hitters and stop thinking about pitching.
“I’ve been trying to make (pitches) break more than I have to, just thinking too much,” Gee said. “I said, ‘This time. just get out of your head. Hey, let’s throw strikes and see what happens.’ 
“What happened was Gee’s best start of the spring. He pitched six scoreless innings against a tough Braves lineup in the Mets’ 7-4 win at Champion Stadium. Gee struck out seven, did not walk a batter and allowed two hits.
It was a relief to Gee, who had shoulder surgery to repair a damaged artery last July. The shoulder has felt fine this spring, Gee said, but the results just were not there.
The righthander went into his second-to-last start of the spring with an 8.31 ERA. He had given up five and six earned runs, respectively, in his last two starts. But Wednesday night, he had finished with a strong last inning, his fourth, that gave Terry Collins some confidence going into Monday’s game.
“He said he was back,” the manager said. “He showed that today.”