With upcoming days off, Terry Collins is going to skip two of Robert Gsellman‘s starts and temporarily implement a four-man rotation consisting of Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Zack Wheeler, and Tommy Milone per Mike Puma of the New York Post.
Gsellman will be available out of the bullpen and could be used as a long man which, in addition to carrying 13 pitchers, could help decrease the workload of the bullpen.
The 23 year-old has been abysmal in his sophomore season. Here are his statistics thus far compared to last season:
2016: 8 G, 7 GS, 4-2, 2.42 ERA, 2.63 FIP, 1.276 WHIP, 44.2 IP, 42 K, 8.5 K/9
2017: 8 G, 7 GS, 2-3, 7.07 ERA, 4.76 FIP, 1.794 WHIP, 35.2 IP, 27 K, 6.8 K/9
Skipping these two starts could benefit Gsellman as it will give him time to work out any mechanical kinks in side sessions without hurting the Mets on the field. Furthermore, he could serve as an innings-eater if the Mets find themselves taking part in a game with a lopsided score instead of using two or three relievers.