Mets RHP Robert Gsellman looked good the first six innings Sunday. Granted, he was facing a Phillies lineup, which has been pretty weak this season. But, given the circumstance - making his first big-league start in New York, at Citi Field, in front of a antsy crowd, in a pennant race - I though he did well. He kept the ball down and away a lot, which is what he was known for in the minor leagues.
Understandably, it looked like he started to run out of gas in the seventh, plus the Phillies were seeing him for the third time during the game.
He ended up being charged with four runs (three in the seventh) during the 5-0 loss.
"I left pitches elevated and they took advantage of it," Gsellman told reporters after the game.
Gsellman (1-1), who was making his first big-league start, allowed three straight singles to start the seventh inning before manager Terry Collins pulled him form the game.
"He was cruising along," Collins told reporters. "He made some pitches and got some ground balls. He had a pretty low pitch count ... and I thought he was pitching pretty good. Unfortunately, he gave up the three hits."
Hansel Robles entered in relief, but gave up a two-run double to A.J. Ellis and a run-scoring HBP to Peter Bourjos.
Gsellman got hit hard at the end. He probably should have been pulled earlier that inning. The thing is, if Robles was set to be the guy, I'm not sure it would have mattered...
I don't know what has happened to Hansel, but it's a problem.
In 11 appearances this month, Robles has an 11.25 ERA. He just can't get guys out any more - they either hit him hard, or he walks them - so bringing him in to a tight game was probably never going to be a good idea. He is not even close to the pitcher he was at the start of the season, probably because he's overworked.
And this speaks to the larger issue, which is that they do not have enough pitching in the bullpen, because they're being used to fill holes in a rotation where they also don't have enough pitching. They're starting to bleed at the absolute worst time. They need another pitcher.