There are plenty of negative moments from the 2018 New York Mets. However, there are some early positive takeaways as well.
The 2018 New York Mets season has at times, for lack of a better word, sucked.
The 11-1 start got a lot of people excited early. Since then, it has been a rollercoaster of emotions. Mostly, it has been that part of the rollercoaster when you get stuck for two hours upside down.
Thankfully, not everything has been miserable. The Mets are very much alive in the playoff race despite it feeling like a lost cause. We can only hope they have some sort of turn around. Even if they don’t, there have been good moments.
Plenty more of those positive moments are on the way. So far, these three stand out more than the others for the ball club’s future.
Robert Gsellman has closer stuff
When the Mets decided to start Robert Gsellman in the bullpen this year, I didn’t expect much. Maybe he’d have an occasional good appearance where he delivers three innings.
Instead, we have been treated to something special.
Gsellman has closer stuff. He has the guts to do it and the pure baseball talent to follow-through with its execution.
The timing couldn’t have been more perfect either. With Jeurys Familia set to leave after the season, the Mets can turn to Gsellman to bail them out in the ninth inning.
The way Gsellman has pitched this season is quite remarkable. In whatever role he has undertaken, the young righty seems to always get the job done.
Considering Familia’s contract status, there’s a really good chance we see Gsellman as the closer for the final two months. Familia is a likely trade candidate, meaning the Mets will turn elsewhere for the final saves of the year.
If successful, we may see Gsellman remain in the role moving forward. This means one less worry for them moving forward.
I’ll also give an honorable mention to Seth Lugo. I’m not quite sure where he fits in with this team moving forward. Whatever role he takes, I like to believe he’s game.