Mets give roster spot to Robert Gsellman: ‘G’s stuff is there’

Andres Chavez
Sep 22, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Robert Gsellman (65) throws the ball against the Washington Nationals during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Mets, valuing his ability to be a multi-inning reliever, decided to give one of their roster spots to right-handed reliever Robert Gsellman. He will join a talented unit that includes Edwin Diaz, Trevor May, Aaron Loup, Dellin Betances, Jeurys Familia, and a rehabbing Seth Lugo.

The decision comes on the week of the Mets opting not to give a spot to fellow swingman Mike Montgomery. The team knows that Gsellman hasn’t had a particularly good spring training, but they like where he is currently at stuff-wise.

The righty, who has been with the Mets for his entire five-year MLB tenure and has a 4.67 career ERA, has allowed 14 hits and five earned runs in eight frames during Grapefruit League play, with a couple of walks, four strikeouts, and a 5.63 ERA.

The Mets like his versatility

During the shortened 2020 season, Gsellman was needed in the rotation due to the rash of injuries on the Mets’ roster. In six total games (four starts), the 27-year old was bad, with a 9.64 ERA and 7.55 FIP (Fielding Independent Pitching) in 14 innings. He had 5.79 strikeouts per nine frames, and 5.14 BB/9. Home runs were a problem, as he had a 2.57 HR/9.

“Robert Gsellman was complimented by Rojas for his ‘stuff.’ Mets like that Gsellman can throw multiple innings, which led to their decision to add him to the Opening Day roster,” Deesha Thosar of the New York Daily News wrote on Monday.

“G’s stuff is there. He can come in and do something that he’s done in the past, to help us win some games,” Mets’ manager Luis Rojas said, according to MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo.

The Mets also informed over the weekend that Jerry Blevins, a left-handed relief pitcher, didn’t make the team but will instead keep himself in shape at the team’s alternate training site.