The New York Mets and St. Louis Cardinals tied 3-3 today in Port St. Lucie. It was a low offense kind of a game with two three-run home runs making the only differentiations in the scoreboard all afternoon.
The biggest story of this game has to be the man who started the game for the Mets, Robert Gsellman. He threw six strong innings, with again, that one crooked number being put up by the Cardinals’ Matt Adams in the top of the fourth inning. Overall, he struck out six, gave up five hits, and walked only one batter.
He discussed his outing after the game and acknowledged the pitch to Adams — a hanging curveball that he meant to bury down in the zone — as his only real mistake of the afternoon.
Gsellman — who going into Tuesday’s game had not given up a home run all spring — has made a pretty remarkable case to be included in the Mets rotation. Going into this latest start, his 1.56 ERA was the best among all starters.
His performance is likely going to be rewarded, thankfully. After Sunday’s game, Mets general manager Sandy Alderson and manager Terry Collins all but confirmed Gsellman would be fitting into that backend of the rotation when the team breaks camp to head back up north.
With the extent of Steven Matz‘s injury still unknown, having Gsellman pitching like, not just a fifth starter, but like the ace of a staff, is absolutely huge for the Mets. Although it won’t be the case, you could make a really compelling argument that Gsellman should be third in the rotation at this point, and should pitch after Jacob deGrom and before Matt Harvey. He’s been that good.
And yeah, it’s Spring Training, but it’s not like it’s going to be this kid’s first time in the spotlight of Queens. Let’s not forget how essential he was for the Amazin’s down the stretch. Without him and Lugo, the Mets are probably not a Wild Card team.
Spring Training cannot end soon enough. We have six days to go until Opening Day, but it’s going to feel like an eternity. Things are looking for Gsellman though, and at this rate, we’ll take everything we can get.