If the Mets rotation was healthy, Robert Gsellman would be in Triple-A Las Vegas.
But as a reader, you know the Mets injury situation because you’ve heard it and read it ad nauseam and you know that Gsellman isn’t going anywhere, which makes it that much more frustrating every fifth day.
After being tagged for six runs (five earned) on nine hits in just four innings on Saturday against the Milwaukee Brewers, Gsellman’s ERA inflated to an alarming 7.07 on the season.
Gsellman surrendered two runs in the first two innings but managed to keep the Brew Crew off the board in the third and fourth.
However, the fifth inning was a different story. Gsellman failed to record an out with a 4-2 lead and left the game with the bases juiced.
Between Gsellman and Hansel Robles who relieved him, the wheels fell off for the Mets, who entered the inning two runs ahead and exited six runs down. Ball game over.
“I’m too quick, not keeping my head straight and leaving the ball over the middle of the plate,” Gsellman said in response to his struggles.
With the loss, the Mets starting rotation’s ERA dropped to an MLB worst 5.14 as the Mets have been shell shocked to begin the season.
“Even though we lost [Steven] Matz and [Seth] Lugo and Noah [Syndergaard] went down, we still have what we thought was very good pitching here and we’re having a tough time getting through the fifth inning,” Mets manager Terry Collins said.
Gsellman, who with the loss dropped to 2-3 on the season, is having trouble just getting through five innings. His longest start of the season came on April 19 when he faced the Philadelphia Phillies at home.
Since then, Gsellman has turned in two five inning starts and two four inning ones. In those four games, the righty has allowed 18 runs and struck out just seven.
It begs the question: When Lugo and Matz return from the disabled list, do Gsellman and fellow struggling starter Matt Harvey get relegated to the minors to get their heads straight?
At this point, it seems like a viable option, because things aren’t changing in the show.