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Mets Roster: One starter, one reliever, one bat in danger of demotion

Aug 14, 2019; Cumberland, GA, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (not shown) throws his helmet after getting out against the Atlanta Braves during the seventh inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Adam C. Hagy-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 14, 2019; Cumberland, GA, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (not shown) throws his helmet after getting out against the Atlanta Braves during the seventh inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Adam C. Hagy-USA TODAY Sports
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Aug 29, 2020; Bronx, New York, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Robert Gsellman pitches during the first inning against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Mets reliever in the most danger of a demotion: Robert Gsellman

I would say Jacob Barnes is in the most danger of losing employment with the Mets altogether, but I already introduced a few parameters earlier as to why he wouldn’t qualify. Were you even paying attention?!?!

Robert Gsellman, on the other hand, has minor league options. He was the biggest surprise to crack the Opening Day roster. I don’t think the Mets will flinch to demote him if he struggles early on.

The leash attached to Gsellman’s right hand is a short one. I’m not talking about one of those retractable dog leashes you see (mostly) irresponsible pet owners use out in public. I’m referring to the kind you see wrapped around a kid’s waist at an amusement park.

Gsellman hasn’t pitched well for two years. Even in 2018 when he started off strong, things went downhill before the season was through. He’s caught somewhere between a mop-up reliever and emergency starter. In whatever role the Mets have put him in, he has sunk.

As soon as Seth Lugo returns, I could see New York sending Gsellman down to Syracuse—not geographically of course. Although, that would be a great punishment to make someone navigate both poles to reach their minor league assignment.

I know I didn’t talk much baseball here. Gsellman’s performance and lack of stability on the roster are, after all, quite clear for all of us at this point. We’re fed up and demand better results.

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