Last night, during the Orioles 11-2 shellacking of the Mets, Robert Gsellman left the game due to injury. Today, the Mets announced that Robert Gsellman will indeed go on the IL after fracturing a rib last night. Drew Smith will be called up yet again to take his spot.
Drew Smith Called up
Smith, 26 has been the one constant moving piece in the Mets bullpen due to the presence of a minor-league option. This means that he is able to be sent down to the alternate site without having to go through waivers. This is something that the Mets have taken great advantage of in this shortened 60-game season. He has been recalled and sent down on four separate occasions as he looks to get on track as a young piece in the Mets bullpen.
Smith struggled in his last major league outing in which he pitched in a tough situation against the Yankees. Smith had been recalled for the doubleheader, however, Mets manager Luis Rojas chose not to use him for the first game in which the Mets had a 7-2 lead in the ninth. This was the game they ended up blowing with Rojas saying after the game that “he didn’t trust” using Smith with a five-run lead because he had just been recalled. However, in the second game of the doubleheader, Rojas used him to start the tenth inning and he struggled giving up a grand slam to Gary Sanchez.
He was then subsequently sent down where he remained until his next call-up today. Smith has pitched in eight games, recording a 6.43 ERA with seven strikeouts in seven innings pitched.
Gsellman Heads to IL After Tough Season
Gsellman was asked to relieve Michael Wacha, who pitched four innings allowing five runs on seven hits. He did not do well, however, he did give the Mets length in relief. He pitched 3.2 innings while allowing six runs on six hits. The right-hander then left due to injury and was replaced by Brad Brach. Gsellman has started and relieved for the Mets in 2020 and struggled on both runs. Overall, he has pitched to a 9.64 ERA in fourteen innings pitched with nine strikeouts and a 2.14 WHIP. Gsellman now heads to the injured list where he will likely remain for the rest of the season.
The Mets close their two-game series with the Orioles l tonight as Rick Porcello takes the ball against Jorge Lopez. The Mets will look to get back on track as they sit on the outside looking in of the playoffs with a 19-24 record.