Robert Gsellman, SP
Player Data: Age: 24 B/P: R/R
Free Agency: 2023
2017 Stats: 22 GS, 8-7, 5.19 ERA, 119.2 IP, 82 K, 1.50 WHIP, 4.89 FIP
Robert Gsellman had some high expectations set for him entering the 2017 season after shining towards the end of the 2016 season. At the beginning of the season, he held the fifth spot in a very strong Mets rotation. Gsellman made an appearance on Opening Day tossing two scoreless innings out of the bullpen, however after that, April would be a nightmare for him.
Gsellman made four April starts and allowed 20 runs, 15 of which were earned. H had an 0-2 record with a 6.23 ERA and opponents were hitting .308 off of him. On May 1, he finally picked up his first win of the season despite allowing five runs to the Braves. The big righty put together a solid month of May, going 3-1 and lowering his ERA to 5.75. Although, Gsellman still allowed three or more runs in eight of his nine starts between April and May.
The injury bug struck Gsellman as he suffered a hamstring pull running to first base during his June 27 start. Before hitting the DL, his struggles continued as in his prior two starts, allowing a total of 14 runs, raising his ERA to 6.16.
Gsellman was able to return to the team in the middle of August. He made three August starts and looked much better than the first half of the season. Over a total of 15.2 innings, Gsellman allowed ten runs, five earned, and posted an ERA of 2.87. Aside from one start, Gsellman had a very solid final month of the season. In September, Gsellman made five starts and allowed 15 runs, 12 earned, and lowered his season ERA to 5.19.
In total on the season, Gsellman made 22 starts and went 8-7 with a 5.19 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP. Despite a disappointing start to the season, Gsellman finished his 2017 campaign with a strong August and September.
Did You Know:
Gsellman led the 2017 Mets starters with a 49.3% groundball rate, but that number was down from 54.3% in 2016.
The starting rotation has become a huge question mark for the 2018 season. Depending on how the Mets spend their money this offseason, Gsellman could have a spot in the 2018 rotation.
However, if the Mets end up signing an innings eater or two, Gsellman could be forced to make the team out of the bullpen this Spring.