Mets’ Gsellman lock to join rotation

Pitcher Robert Gsellman will certainly make the Mets’ Opening Day rotation following a solid spring performance. He ended his Spring Training with a 2.31 ERA in six starts.

The 23-year-old was called by late in the 2016 season due to issues the Mets had with injuries to their starters. When the season ended, Gsellman had a 2.42 ERA with 42 strikeouts in 44 innings pitched.

“There are guys who just have a feel for when they’re on the mound and a demeanor when they pitch,” Terry Collins said. “Robert’s learned a lot from his experience last year. He sees the older guys, the way they prepare this spring. I think he’s grown up in his preparation and how he goes about things. He knew he had to impress people, and I thought he handled it really well.”

Gsellman came into Spring Training in competition with Seth Lugo for the fifth and final spot in the rotation. However, due to the recent injury to Steven Matz, it appears to be a foregone conclusion Gsellman will make the rotation in his first full Major League season.





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