Gsellman Frontrunner For No. 5 Starter

While there’s nothing official, it’s probably safe to assume the Mets will name Robert Gsellman their fifth starter.

There’s not much to debate after Gsellman gave up one unearned run in Thursday’s shutout loss to Washington. Gsellman reported to spring training to compete with Seth Lugo and Zack Wheeler for the No. 5, and he’s lived up to expectations with a 1.56 ERA, but in only 17.1 innings.

As for Wheeler, he hasn’t helped himself with an 8.59 ERA in three games. He certainly hasn’t worked enough to be stretched out for a rotation spot, and considering his lack of experience in the role, the Mets are reluctant to work him out of the bullpen despite their need.

However, Lugo, who pitched well for Puerto Rico in the WBC – save the championship game against the United States – does have a bullpen background and the Mets envision working in as a reliever in the middle innings.

The need for Lugo in the bullpen coupled with Wheeler’s problems forces Gsellman to the front of the line.

“I have no idea until they tell me,” Gsellman told reporters Thursday about a possible rotation spot. “So we’ll wait and see. I don’t really think about that. I just try to go out and get the job done.”

Gsellman will get one more start to cement his spot in the rotation, and it’s possible – but a likely long shot if the Mets hold to form – both he and Lugo could go in the rotation – if Matt Harvey continues to spit the bit in his final spring start.


2 thoughts on “Gsellman Frontrunner For No. 5 Starter

  1. Gsellman is worthy of the 5th spot with Lugo next in line. Wheeler needs more time. The bullpen is looking very shaky for Terry at this point but he may be able to piece together something from all the spare arms hanging around camp. Maybe Montero is finally ready to prove he can show consistency and earn a role on the big club. None of these starters are going to give you more than 5 or 6 innings so the bullpen phone will be ringing off the hook early on. Maybe lugo, Montero and Wheeler can prove their worth coming in as set up men and middle relief guys. As the season progresses then Terry can decide who deserves to start, relieve or make a trip to vegas.

  2. Gsellman is the pick now. Wheeler can’t handle the work load of a SP. Thank god they have this pitching depth, the way Terry Collins abuses his SP’s