Robert Gsellman impressed in his short stretch during Wild Card chase for the Mets.
When everything was starting to break down in the New York Mets’ rotation, they needed the “next man up.” Robert Gsellman more than just filled a spot. He was a very effective pitcher since coming on in late August. A former 13th-round pick from California, Gsellman went 4-2 with a 2.42 ERA in 2016.
From the first outing, it was evident there was something projectable. Gsellman came on in the bottom of the first with the Mets already having blown a 3-0 lead against St. Louis. Gsellman held the Cardinals scoreless for the next 3.2 innings and the Mets wound up winning that game. The Mets went on to win 12 of their next 16 and you know the rest of the story.
Gsellman was one of those sparks from unexpected places. He had spent the first two months of the season in AA Binghamton. After maintaining an ERA under 3.00 in 11 starts, Gsellman was promoted to AAA Las Vegas where he struggled early. Following a few rough starts in the hitter friendly Pacific Coast League, Gsellman adjusted accordingly. He allowed 15 earned runs in his first three AAA outings, but cut that number to six over his next three starts.
Let’s look more at Robert’s role and what the future could look like for the 23-year old.