The Yankees scored three runs in 5 1/3 innings Wednesday night against Robert Gsellman, who threw a wild pitch, walked three batters and gave up four hits, including a 457-foot home run by Aaron Judge that landed in the third deck above left field.
Nevertheless, Mets manager Terry Collins said after the game that Gsellman will get another start next week, most likely at home against the Diamondbacks.
Gsellman was making his return from a hamstring injury to start in place of Seth Lugo, who was put back on the disabled list earlier this week with pain in his pitching shoulder. According to multiple reports, had Lugo not been injured, Gsellman would have remained in Triple-A, where he had been struggling to perform during his rehab assignment.
"I think he ran out of gas," Collins said about Gsellman's start Wednesday. "I thought he was fine. His changeup was outstanding. The ball had good sink."
Gsellman (65) delivers a pitch during the first inning of a baseball game against the New York Yankees Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
Following the game, Gsellman expressed remorse for his dismissive comments aimed at GM Sandy Alderson, who said last week that Gsellman needed to pitch better than he has this season.
"I definitely do need to pitch better," Gsellman said. "It's my job, so I definitely care. I apologized to Sandy for saying that, and we talked it out. We're fine."
I'm sure Gsellman is frustrated with his season. And, I'm sure Alderson knows this and -- in private -- probably even understands where Gsellman is coming from. But, it's disrespectful and bad for business (in the clubhouse) to have players disregarding feedback from the GM or manager. So, Sandy was smart to take such a strong stance when talking about the situation with reporters, which he obviously knew would get back to Gsellman.
I'm glad they talked. I have no doubt as two professionals, who care about winning, that they quickly worked it out. Today, I bet this is a non-issue, though it will not be forgotten and almost certainly will keep getting drummed up by some fans and reporters hoping to keep pushing the story.
In regards to Gsellman's performance, he just doesn't look sharp, especially down in the strike zone, which is where he worked so well last season. I don't know if he's still nursing his hamstring, or if rehabbing goofed with his mechanics. He should not be tired, though. He's thrown around 140 innings each of the last two seasons, so being at around 100 this season should not be an issue for him, especially given he had not been throwing at all early in his rehab. In either case, he looks weak.
Gsellman has been able to battle this season, but -- when he's up in the zone like he was at times last night, specifically against a guy like Judge -- he's been paying big time for it.