Gsellman Has Positive Audition For 2018

Today, he was the good Robert Gsellman. The Mets will take every start what they got from Gsellman – one unearned run in seven innings – but unfortunately for both parties, he has only provided glimpses of today’s production every other start at best.

“Just trying to finish strong for these guys so we can have some good momentum heading into next spring,’’ Gsellman told reporters after the Mets’ 5-1 victory over the Braves. “Just trying to keep it rolling.’’

GSELLMAN: Makes 2018 statement. (AP)

GSELLMAN: Makes 2018 statement. (AP)

Gsellman, like Seth Lugo, came up at midseason in 2016 and joined an injury-ravaged rotation to pitch the Mets into the playoffs. However, because of the combination of injuries and poor performance, neither have pitched to expectations, or even to where they have defined roles heading into spring training.

Gsellman should get another two starts, and if he duplicates today’s production, he would have to be considered for a rotation spot. In addition to his line, Gsellman did two things that were positive. The first was going seven innings because length defines a starter.

The second, and this was the most important thing I took from the game, came in the seventh after a pair of Amed Rosario errors, when he pitched out of it with only one run against him. When a starter can limit damage him that late in the game when he’s getting tired, that’s about as positive as you can get.

“I thought I worked well out of it,” Gsellman said. “I tried to pick up Rosario. We all make mistakes.”

As of now, Jacob deGrom, who beat the Braves Saturday, is the only given in next season’s rotation. Noah Syndergaard’s rehab took another step backward and the Mets don’t know if he’ll get into a game this season. Matt Harvey has been hit hard in his rehab games. Harvey lost two of his three starts this month with a 12.19 ERA and 20 hits allowed.

Steven Matz and Zack Wheeler won’t pitch again until next spring. Rafael Montero took the loss, but pitched well Friday against the Braves.

So, in looking at next year, deGrom is the only answered question. Gsellman and Montero pitched well this weekend to make their cases for next season, but nothing definitive.

4 thoughts on “Gsellman Has Positive Audition For 2018

  1. That was a huge performance for gsellman and it may have secured a bit more confidence with Sandy going into next spring. What’s frustrating is that there is a spot in this rotation just waiting for someone to step up and grab it. We all thought gsellman was that guy but he has been a big let down. I hate September baseball because it’s too hard to fairly judge talent especially when it’s up against other teams playing out the string.

  2. Trade him ,Montero and Robles in a package. Maybe you can get back a decent 2B,3B or CFer.

    • That’s a really good idea except Sandy won’t get anything respectable back. Epstein, Cashman and others would find a small jewel somewhere but Alderson always seems to get raked over the coals – especially if there’s a save the Wilpons a buck or two.

  3. The way the pitching is going Montero and Gsellman are locks for the rotation next year

    That is a sad state of affairs given the promise of this season in the spring.