Another returning player in 2019 will be the starter turned reliever Robert Gsellman. Gsellman has shined in the bullpen since becoming a full-time reliever for the club. With a crowded rotation, the Mets were able to find use out of the righty as 2018 was a big step in his progress.
Gsellmans’ ERA was not pretty as he finished the year with a 4.28 ERA, but he did notch 13 saves in 2018. He was also able to strike out 70 batters in 80 innings pitched and did a decent job when asked to be used in a closing role.
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What makes Gsellman an integral part of the bullpen is his flexibility of how many innings you can use him for. Mickey Callaway came from Cleveland where they were using their relievers for 1 batter anywhere to 2 innings plus. Gsellman gives the Mets the ability to use him for multiple innings if they need him making him their personal swiss army knife.
Like Gsellman, Seth Lugo offers the Mets lots of flexibility and would be silly to not include him in the bullpen in 2019. What makes Lugo different is his ability to be an effective starting pitcher as well. The Mets are notoriously known for their injury woes and as good as their rotation is, it’s gotten hurt before.
Having Lugo available in the bullpen not only gives you the flexibility of someone going multiple innings but also having him as the emergency starter. Lugo finished 2018 with a 2.66 ERA and also made 5 starts for the Amazins.
In his career, he has appeared in relief 59 times and cemented an ERA 2.38 in 98.1 innings pitched. He also tallied 95 strikeouts in those 98.1 innings pitched.