New York Mets starting pitcher Dillon Gee (35) delivers a...

New York Mets starting pitcher Dillon Gee (35) delivers a pitch in the top of the first inning against the Oakland Athletics. (June 21, 2011) Credit: Christopher Pasatieri

Despite their recent struggles, Terry Collins still believes starting pitching will be “our biggest factor.” That’s because the Mets have no choice. “We’re not going to outslug people,’’ he said. “We just don’t have that kind of club. Without Ike and David in the lineup, our power is at a minimum.”