When Robert Gsellman burst onto the scene during the stretch run of the 2016 season, it looked as though we might have another long-maned stud on our hands.
In seven games started for the Mets in 2016, Gsellman registered a 4-2 record with an impressive 2.42 ERA.
While it was a small sample size, Gsellman and Seth Lugo chipped in key performances that helped assist the Mets to their second straight playoff berth.
When Steven Matz started the year on the disabled list and it was uncertain whether Zack Wheeler would be ready in time for the start of the season, Gsellman earned himself a spot in the five-man rotation.
It didn’t start as smoothly for him as his first taste of the big leagues in 2016 did.
Gsellman’s first start was a passable one, tossing five innings of three-run ball while punching out seven batters in a loss to the Miami Marlins, but Gsellman imploded and was touched up for eight runs in his next bout with Miami, surrendering eight runs in just 4 2/3 innings.
His ERA was the only thing that took a hit as that was the game that went 16 innings and Gsellman ended up with a no-decision.
Coming into the opening night of their homestand with Philadelphia on the heels of four straight losses, the Mets needed their starter to not only hand in a quality outing but to go deep into the game to save their overworked bullpen.
Gsellman worked through some kinks and did allow three runs on six hits, but also kept the Mets in the game and punched out seven Phillies in as many innings on Wednesday.
Gsellman started the eighth, but after allowing a runner, he was immediately yanked by manager Terry Collins who did exactly what he should have, giving Gsellman a short leash.
“The depth on the sinker was better than in the last two starts,” Gsellman said. “The last two starts they were going sideways, now they are actually sinking and I got way more ground balls than in my last two starts so that was good.”
With the performance, Gsellman lowered his ERA to 5.09 and will look to get into the win column in his next trip to the mound next week.