Mets RHP Robert Gsellman limited the Diamondbacks to one run on five hits in 6 1/3 innings Monday night. It was his second start since returning from a hamstring injury.
Arizona's only run against Gsellman came in the fourth inning, when J.D. Martinez hit an RBI single. The Mets eventually tied the game, which took Gsellman off the hook for the loss.
Gsellman, who is starting in place of the injured Seth Lugo, has allowed a total of three runs in his last two starts. He allowed two earned runs in 5 1/3 innings against the Yankees last week in his first major league outing since June.
"I'm very comfortable out there right now," Gsellman said after Monday night's performance "I'm just going out and pitching."
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)
Gsellman, 24, is 5-5 with a 5.65 ERA in 19 games this season, including 15 starts. He was 4-2 with a 2.42 ERA in eight appearances with the Mets last season.
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."
Matthew Cerrone (Twitter | Instagram | About Me): These next six weeks are huge for Gsellman, who is clearly needing to re-prove his worth to Alderson. He's looked better during his last two starts. And, he was better Monday than he was last week against the Yankees. He has his sinker working for him again. More important, in both starts, he's 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 they key to his entire game. He had it less last week, but had it 100 percent last night. He looked free and easy, and pitched ahead in the count. It was no question his best start of the season, and -- for him -- it could not have come at a better time.