Hours after GM Sandy Alderson said RHP Robert Gsellman would move back to the bullpen once the Mets activate two pitchers off the disabled list, Gsellman threw seven strong innings to lead New York to a 4-2 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday at Citi Field.
Gsellman (3-3) gave up two runs (one earned) and three hits, and also recorded two RBIs on a sac fly and a bases-loaded walk as the Mets won for the third time in their last four games.
"That's the guy we saw last year," manager Terry Collins said. "That's the guy we know he can be. He threw the ball very well."
Despite his strong start, once Steven Matz (flexor strain) and Seth Lugo (partially torn UCL) return from the disabled list -- Alderson said they would both make one more rehab start before they are activated -- that would mean Gsellman would move to the bullpen.
"We do think he can help us there," Alderson said, according to the Associated Press. "With a 5.00 ERA in the bullpen, a lot of people can help us."
The 23-year-old Gsellman is 3-3 with a 6.04 ERA in nine starts this season, giving up 39 runs (32 earned) in 47 2/3 innings. He has given up one run and four hits in four innings across three relief outings. Last year, Gsellman went 3-2 with a 2.63 ERA in seven starts.
"It's do whatever for the team," Gsellman said. "I just want to win. Whatever they want me to do, I'll do. I just want to pitch. ... I enjoy pitching so much that I really don't care."
Collins said Monday's outing would not affect his decision to move Gsellman to the bullpen, though he said he still believes Gsellman would be a starting picture in the long run.
"He's pretty happy in the bullpen," Collins said. "When I look at the big picture, I think he's gonna be a starter."
Gsellman escaped a two-on, two-out jam in the first inning by striking out Domingo Santana and got Jesus Aguilar to ground into a double play to get out of a two-on, one-out situation in the third.
He gave up an unearned run in the fifth inning when Jonathan Villar reached on an Asdrubal Cabrera throwing error and scored on an RBI groundout three batters later. The only earned run Gsellman was responsible for was on Santana's solo homer in the sixth.
At the plate, he hit a sac fly off Matt Garza to drive in Wilmer Flores to give the Mets a 2-1 lead. In the sixth inning, with his pitch count at 90, Collins left him in with two outs and the bases loaded. Gsellman worked the count full and drew a walk against Rob Scahill that made it 4-2. He then pitched a 1-2-3 seventh inning.
"We needed another inning out of him," Collins said. "We had a couple of guys who weren't available today. Jerry Blevins wasn't available today. We knew we had [Paul] Sewald for basically a couple of hitters. ... We were a little short because of the last couple of nights."