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Mets 2017 Season Preview: Who will earn the fifth starter slot?

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Sep 14, 2016; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Robert Gsellman (65) throws to the Washington Nationals during the second inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 14, 2016; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Robert Gsellman (65) throws to the Washington Nationals during the second inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports
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Darren Martino, Staff Writer

While I would love to see a rotation consisting of Zack Wheeler, Steven Matz, Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, and Noah Syndergaard, it will have to wait. Wheeler is too far removed from major league action to break camp in the rotation. What’s more is that the Mets will have to severely limit his action over the course of the season if he has any hopes of pitching into September and beyond.

My feeling for who will win the 5th spot in the rotation is Robert Gsellman. While Lugo is off to a hot start this Spring, Gsellman has a higher ceiling. Whereas Gsellman is still a prospect at the tender age of 23, Lugo is 27 and much better suited for the bullpen with his excellent curveball. Gsellman is not just a prospect, he is a legit one, recently ranking 74th on Keith Law’s “Top 100 prospects” list.

There have been rumors that the Mets would like to keep Gsellman stretched out and therefore out of the bullpen at the onset of the season. Consequently, it will likely be the 5th spot or back to Vegas for Gsellman at the start of the 2017 season.

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