New York Mets Robert Gsellman becoming the forgotten man

Robert Gsellman, New York Mets. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
Robert Gsellman, New York Mets. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images) /

New York Mets pitcher Robert Gsellman had a hot start to his career. The past few seasons haven’t been as good and he’s getting passed by.

Robert Gsellman is like the New York Mets utility knife. He can be used in many different situations and has been. With 29 starts and 34 games finished (14 saves) in 150 Major League games, Gsellman has proven his versatility. The first one and a half of his four years were quite productive. Since late May 2017 not so much. His downturn came to a head last August when his season was cut short by a torn lat on his right side.

Since his injury things have changed in Flushing and not only who is managing the team. Seth Lugo, last season’s bullpen savior has been mentioned by General Manager Brodie Van Wagenen for a return to the starting rotation. A relief role for Lugo hasn’t been ruled out either.

Justin Wilson excelled down the stretch last season as the Mets primary lefty out of the pen. In addition, several free-agent pitchers have been signed. Starters Rick Porcello, a former American League Cy Young winner, Michael Wacha, as well as former Yankees setup man Dellin Betances have joined the team.

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All the talk has been about what Lugo’s role will actually be and the expected return to dominance by closer Edwin Diaz. Most have written off Jeurys Familia, which means Betances, Wilson, and probably Lugo to set up Diaz. That leaves the overlooked Gsellman relegated middle relief. That’s probably a waste of his talents.

Gsellman throws a heavy, mid 90s fastball with a good late sinking movement, which he throws almost half the time. A near 90 mph slider is his two-strike pitch, Finally, Gsellman mixes in a four-seam heater, straight change, and 11-5 curve. Not many major leaguers have five quality pitches in their repertoire.

With all he can do, it’s strange that there has been almost no mention of Gsellman this offseason. He has the skills to close, and can also start which has done both of in the past. Assuming the 26-year-old is healthy, he will be a big part of the New York Mets bullpen in 2020.

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