GSELLMAN THE RIGHT CHOICE? by Tom Brennan
OK, OK, I know by now you all agree with me that calling up TJ Rivera while Neil Walker becomes Papa Walker is the right choice. TJ is an assassin with the stick.
But when Steve Matz, like many of us folks, took the final two weeks of August off to rest the aching left shoulder and get some late summer R&R with Zach Wheeler and Matt Harvey, was Rob Gsellman the right choice to call up?
Or was Rafael Montero?
Or was Gabe Ynoa?
ANSWER: we'll soon find out.
Rob's got a pretty lousy win-loss record and ERA in 2016, so why him at all? Well, after a nightmare debut in Vegas, he has pitched quite well there in his most recent several starts, striking out almost a man an inning. As Jake deGrom knows, pitching well and winning can be two different things.
I have not seen Gsellman pitch, but for some reason, the 23 year old reminds me of Ron Darling. May he be our next Darling.
Montero? After a stunningly bad stretch in the nightmare for pitchers called Las Vegas ( which is French for "what am I DOING here?"), I suggested strongly that a demotion to Vegas could be Rafael's health spa. While I have been assured Mets' hierarchy folks do not read this blog, shortly thereafter they did just that. Rafael has responded in 8 AA starts by going 4-2, 1.70. Including 7 shutout innings last night. My gut is I would have promoted Rafael over Rob, but I hope I am wrong.
Ynoa? He improved to 11-5 last night by tossing 8 shutout innings in Tacoma in typical Ynoa fashion...he struck out just 2, and is averaging 4.5 Ks per 9 this year. When called up to the Mets recently, he did get manhandled in one of his relief outings, so his not being the choice is understandable.
So the Gsellman Era begins....we'll see if the Mets' choice of him over Raffie and Gabe was the right one soon enough. Hope so.
What do you think regarding this brief, weakly researched post, folks? Who would you have promoted? Gotta go...my 20 minutes are up.