In his first start after returning from Triple-A, Robert Gsellman allowed three runs (two earned) on five hits and one walk, while striking out four batters in six innings while earning the win against the Phillies.
"I thought I was very aggressive tonight," he later said. "I was just throwing the ball where I wanted, just going off all my pitches down in the zone and I got ground balls that I liked -- weak contact."
Gsellman pitched five scoreless innings until the Phillies tagged him for three runs in the sixth. He gave up a two-run homer to Nick Williams, but worked out of further trouble. He was awarded with a complete game after the game was called in the bottom of the sixth due to heavy rain.
"Pitching in the rain does suck because the ball does slip out of your hand, but you just have to stay focused and get the job done," Gsellman added.
Gsellman was sent to Las Vegas after allowing six runs on nine hits in four innings against the Nationals on Aug. 26. Overall this year for the Mets, he's 6-6 with a 5.44 ERA and 1.57 WHIP.
"Every time you get sent down it's very eye-opening, you learn a lot," Gsellman said Wednesday. "You just come back a little hungrier and you're just fighting out there, competing."
Matthew Cerrone (Twitter | Instagram | About Me): These final few starts (or relief appearances) will be huge for Gsellman, who is clearly needing to re-prove his worth to Alderson. He's looked better during his last five outings, despite a brief interruption going to Las Vegas.
He's 1-4 during that stretch, but he did with a 3.65 ERA. He again pitched well Wednesday, in much the same way he was effective against the Yankees. He had his sinker working again. And, more important, he had it from the first pitch of the game, which was not the case when struggling earlier in the year.
His two-seamer at the opponent's knees is how he gets ground balls and tons of looking strikes. And, he had it slipping and sliding all night. It's the key to his entire game. He had it less a couple of weeks ago, but has it going 100 percent during the last week. Again, last night, he looked free and easy, and pitched ahead in the count.
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)
If he's going to get his season on track, he's picking a perfect time to do it.
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Earlier this month, Mets GM Sandy Alderson expressed frustration over Gsellman's season, simply saying, "He needs to pitch better." Upon returning from the disabled list, Gsellman told reporters he didn't care about Alderson's statements.
"I'm going to give him a pass on that for the moment," Alderson then told reporters. "I hope that he reflects on the implications of that statement and the potential consequences of that statement."
Gsellman quickly apologized to Alderson and told reporters he agrees with Alderson, noting that he does have to pitcher better than he has this season.
"I really care. It's my job, so I definitely care," Gsellman repeated to reporters. "I apologized to Sandy for saying that and we talked it out."