Another one bites the dust.
In the top of the 4th inning during Tuesday night’s game against the Miami Marlins, Mets starting pitcher Robert Gsellman looked like he injured his hamstring trying to leg out an infield single. Gsellman walked gingerly off the field after Mets trainer Ray Ramirez came out to take a look at him. He visibly upset in the dugout, slamming his glove down in apparent frustration.
That frustration is completely understandable as the Mets have had an absolutely ridiculous number of injuries so far during the first half of the season.
Currently, the Mets have five pitchers on the disabled list (Noah Syndergaard, Matt Harvey, Josh Smoker, Tommy Milone, Jeurys Familia). That’s after the fact that Steven Matz, and Seth Lugo spent a considerable amount of time on the DL as the season got underway. That list of injured Mets will soon likely add Gsellman to its roster.
So far in 2017, Gsellman has not been great. His 6.04 ERA coming into Tuesday night’s game was one of the worst in baseball. For a guy that really shined in the later part of the season last year, Gsellman’s 2017 has been tough to watch.
The Mets were planning on moving Gsellman to the bullpen once the rotation found five healthy members. Unfortunately, with Harvey and Wheeler now sidelined, Gsellman has had to keep taking the mound every fifth day.
To replace him, the Mets will likely turn to Rafael Montero to fill in at least a few turns through the rotation. Montero has actually pitched pretty well since coming back to the Mets this last go-around.
On Sunday in San Francisco, he earned his first win of the season. He pitched 5 2/3 innings and gave up five hits and one earned run. He kept his walks to a minimum by only allowing two free passes and struck out seven overall.