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NY Mets report card grades for the first month of the season

MIAMI, FLORIDA - AUGUST 19: Michael Conforto #30, Billy Hamilton #21, and Brandon Nimmo #9 of the New York Mets celebrate the win against the Miami Marlins by score of 5-3 at Marlins Park on August 19, 2020 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FLORIDA - AUGUST 19: Michael Conforto #30, Billy Hamilton #21, and Brandon Nimmo #9 of the New York Mets celebrate the win against the Miami Marlins by score of 5-3 at Marlins Park on August 19, 2020 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – AUGUST 12: Robert Gsellman #65 of the New York Mets delivers the pitch against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field on August 12, 2020 in New York City. (Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images)

Robert Gsellman

Gsellman missed the first bit of the season due to injury. Because of all of the injuries to the Mets starting pitchers, Gsellman was moved from the bullpen to the rotation after just one appearance this year. He has made two starts and they haven’t gone particularly well. He was not expected to provide length, so the two inning outings don’t worry me, but he’s allowed four runs in his 3.2 innings as a starter. Gsellman is expected to remain in the rotation for the time being so when he gets more stretched out he has to be more effective than he has been.

Grade: D

Amed Rosario

It has been a very disappointing start of the 2020 season for Rosario. At one point he was the top prospect in the Mets system and was considered to be a future star. He has shown flashes, mainly in the second half last season, but has yet to put it all together. So far this year he has a .213/.213/.338 slash line. Yes, the batting average and on-base percentage are the same. That is because he has yet to draw a single walk. This is very alarming, as Rosario has been chasing pitches more than he ever has. When he was swinging the bat well last year in the second half, he was being more selective and swinging at strikes. I still have faith Rosario can get back to that but he has to start showing that he can do it consistently. With guys like Gimenez and Guillorme playing well, in a shortened 60 game season the Mets cannot afford to keep running this guy out there if he struggles like this. Hopefully, he can get it together.

Grade: D

Michael Wacha

Wacha had a very good first start as a Met pitching five innings allowing one run in a win at Fenway. His two starts after that were not good at all. In those starts he has pitched nine innings and has allowed nine runs in two losses. Wacha wasn’t giving the Mets length when he was pitching and is now on the Injured List. Hopefully when he returns he can be closer to what he was in his first start.

Grade: D

Paul Sewald

His Mets career has not been good and his 2020 has been more of the same. He has allowed runs in three of his five outings including allowing six runs in just 0.2 innings against the Nationals his last time out. If the Mets need an innings eater in a blowout loss he can pitch then be he should be nowhere near a close game.

Grade: D

Corey Oswalt

Oswalt has made two appearances so far, one out of the ‘pen and one as a starter. The one out of the pen was awful, as he got beaten up in the embarrassing Sunday night game against the Braves. The game he started was in place of the injured David Peterson and he didn’t do that badly. He allowed two runs in four innings, getting out of a couple of jams. Like Sewald, Oswalt shouldn’t be on this team and is merely a depth guy.

Grade: D

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