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Gary, Keith and Ron talk Thor 00:01:16
Gary Cohen, Keith Hernandez and Ron Darling discuss Noah Syndergaard's return to the mound and break down his outing vs. the Nationals.

The Mets provided some quality run support during Noah Syndergaard's long-awaited return to Citi Field, and he repaid them by setting the tone for a 4-2 win over their division rival on Friday night. 

For a full box score of the game, click here.

Things you should know about tonight's game...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo
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Robert Gsellman (65) Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports (Nick Turchiaro)
Robert Gsellman (65) Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports (Nick Turchiaro)

Before the Mets took on the Blue Jays on the Fourth of July, some decided to go sightseeing in Toronto. For Robert Gsellman and Jerry Blevins, they took that to the extreme. 

Gsellman and Blevins were among Mets players that participated in the CN Tower EdgeWalk, which is a thrilling task where people take in the city of Toronto at the top of their most famous tower. Gsellman posted to his Instagram story to show the world of his accomplished feat. 

Tags: Jerry Blevins, Robert Gsellman
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Apple and Darling on Mets' win 00:01:46
Gary Apple and Ron Darling discuss Seth Lugo's solid performance out of the bullpen in the Mets' 6-3 win over Toronto.

The Mets had the lead again in Toronto, but this time, they kept it to the end as the split the two-game series with the Blue Jays after a 6-3 victory on Wednesday night. 

For a full box score of the game, click here.

Things you should know about tonight's game...

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Corey Oswalt, Jerry Blevins, Jeurys Familia, Michael Conforto, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Todd Frazier
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Apple and Darling on Mets' win 00:01:46
Gary Apple and Ron Darling discuss Seth Lugo's solid performance out of the bullpen in the Mets' 6-3 win over Toronto.

The Mets had the lead again in Toronto, but this time, they kept it to the end as the split the two-game series with the Blue Jays after a 6-3 victory on Wednesday night. 

For a full box score of the game, click here.

Things you should know about tonight's game...

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Corey Oswalt, Jerry Blevins, Jeurys Familia, Michael Conforto, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Todd Frazier
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The Mets will be pitched by teams looking to acquire Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard. However, despite all the buzz, I expect both pitchers will continue being Mets at least through the next two seasons.

Frankly, the only way I see either of these two pitchers being traded is if a new GM and front office takes the wheel. Otherwise, it's ride or die with deGrom and Syndergaard for Sandy Alderson. 

Similarly, while there will be interest in (and it's worth listening to offers for) Seth Lugo and Robert Gsellman, my hunch is Alderson would prefer to keep them as well -- especially given the delicate state of his rotation.

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Jacob deGrom, Jeurys Familia, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Todd Frazier, Matthew Cerrone
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Rockies top Mets, 10-8 00:01:46
Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez discuss the effect of playing high-scoring games at Coors Field on a nightly basis.

The Mets failed to hold a pair of multi-run leads in dropping their second straight to the Rockies, 10-8, on Wednesday night at Coors Field.

For a full box score of the game, click here.

Things you should know about tonight's game...

1) After the Mets rallied to take an 8-6 lead into the bottom of the fifth, a usually rock-solid Robert Gsellman retired the first two batters before falling apart. He issued a walk to Ian Desmond, a single to Tom Murphy and a pinch-hit three-run homer to Ryan McMahon. Charlie Blackmon added a solo blast in the sixth for the final margin of victory.

Tags: Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo
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Lugo: Starter or Bullpen? 00:00:26
Mets manager Mickey Callaway addresses the fact that Seth Lugo is making a case to remain in the team's starting rotation.

Throughout a Mets season that has seen inconsistent, at best, production out of the bullpen, they have had two stalwarts: Seth Lugo and Robert Gsellman. They have combined for a 2.32 ERA over 85.1 innings and offer the Mets the effectiveness and flexibility they sorely need.

Gsellman has been a workhorse out of the bullpen, pitching more than one inning in 11 of his 30 appearances, including two scoreless innings in Sunday's win against the Yankees. That outing brought his ERA for the year down to 2.95, with a 1.23 WHIP. Batters struggle to make quality contact against him, though his 3.9 walks per nine innings are higher than you'd like to see in a reliever who doesn't notch many strikeouts.

While Gsellman is establishing himself as a solid bullpen option, Lugo is taking it a step further and pitching like a true ace...

Tags: Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Maggie Wiggin
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New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez meets with pitcher Luis Severino during the third inning against the New York Mets at Citi Field. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez meets with pitcher Luis Severino during the third inning against the New York Mets at Citi Field. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees were shut out for the first time in 2018 after their eighth-inning rally fell through in Sunday's 2-0 loss to the Mets at Citi Field. >> Box score

Things to know about Sunday's game

1) Down 2-0 in the eighth inning, the Yankees had runners on first and second thanks to Miguel Andujar's single and Aaron Judge reaching on two Jose Reyes errors on a neighborhood play on a potential double-play ball, but Gleyber Torres fouled out and Brett Gardner flied out to end the threat.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Amed Rosario, Brett Gardner, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, Jose Reyes, Luis Severino, Miguel Andujar, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo
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GEICO SportsNite: Mets, Lugo 00:01:50
On GEICO SportsNite, Andy Martino breaks down if Seth Lugo has a chance to stay in the Mets' starting pitching rotation this season.

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | Seth Lugo wants to be in the Mets' starting rotation, and he fired four scoreless innings Thursday night in his potentially-brief return to the rotation. But in the Mets' "ideal world," Lugo won't be staying in the rotation.

"I think [Lugo] can definitely start," Mets manager Mickey Callaway said after Thursday night's game, before adding a caveat: "For us, in an ideal world, he's still in the bullpen helping our bullpen and some of the other guys are in the rotation."

The "some of the other guys" Callaway is referring to are Jason Vargas, Zack Wheeler, and Steven Matz...

Tags: Anthony Swarzak, Jason Vargas, Jeurys Familia, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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 (Gregory Fisher)
(Gregory Fisher)

Mets manager Mickey Callaway said before the season began that he wasn't going to use his bullpen conventionally, and he owned up to that on Wednesday night. 

Jeurys Familia was handed the ball in the eighth inning, and Robert Gsellman took over in the ninth for the Mets. Familia got himself into a jam with runners on the corners with one outs. However, Amed Rosario helped him out with a great diving play to start a 6-4-3 double play to get out of the inning.

Gsellman recorded a perfect 1-2-3 inning to pick up his second save on the season.

Tags: Jeurys Familia, Robert Gsellman
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Mets on 8-7 loss to Brewers 00:01:17
Mickey Callaway and Jerry Blevins talk about the Mets' disappointing 8-7 loss to the Brewers on Sunday afternoon.

The Mets bullpen blew a 6-4 lead by allowing four runs in the seventh inning in Sunday's 8-7 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers.

Relievers Robert Gsellman, Jerry Blevins and Paul Sewald surrendered four runs, four hits and a walk in one inning after Zack Wheeler settled down after a three-run third inning.

Gsellman retired two of the first three batters he faced before giving up a two-out walk to Jesus Aguilar. Manager Mickey Callaway opted to bring in Blevins, who had not given up a run in his last 11 appearances entering Sunday, to face Travis Shaw. A lefty specialist, left-handed hitters were 7-for-26 off Blevins entering Sunday. (By contrast, right-handed hitters were 1-for-10.)

Tags: Jerry Blevins, Milwaukee Brewers, Paul Sewald, Robert Gsellman, Zack Wheeler
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May 2, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Robert Gsellman (65) reacts after allowing four runs during the eighth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
May 2, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Robert Gsellman (65) reacts after allowing four runs during the eighth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Robert Gsellman has been one of the Mets' most valuable weapons in the bullpen this season, and manager Mickey Callaway believes a lot of that has to do with Gsellman's attitude and desire to learn.

"When I told him and we relayed the message to him that he was gonna be going to the pen, he embraced it from day one," Callaway told SNY's Steve Gelbs prior to Monday night's win over the Marlins at Citi Field. "And you have to do that to have success. And I think that's why he's having success." 

The 24-year-old Gsellman -- like Seth Lugo -- is adjusting to his full-time bullpen role on the fly. And while he is excelling -- with a 2.76 ERA and 1.19 WHIP to go along with 28 strikeouts in 29.1 innings (21 appearances), Gsellman is still learning...

Tags: Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Danny Abriano
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May 8, 2018; Cincinnati, OH, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports (Aaron Doster)
May 8, 2018; Cincinnati, OH, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports (Aaron Doster)

The Mets entered their series with the Diamondbacks having lost seven of their previous eight games. Meanwhile, the Mets are 11-7 in starts made by Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard and 17-3 when the team scores four or more runs in a game.

In other words, with deGrom and Syndergaard pitching two of three games, during which the Mets scored 12 runs, sweeping the D-backs this past weekend should be what is expected from a team that entered this season hoping to make the postseason.

"That was a huge sweep," Syndergaard said after getting Sunday's win. "We'd kind of been struggling a little bit. But just as easily as we were struggling, it's that easy to turn it around."

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Jason Vargas, Noah Syndergaard, Paul Sewald, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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May 2, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Robert Gsellman (65) reacts after allowing four runs during the eighth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
May 2, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Robert Gsellman (65) reacts after allowing four runs during the eighth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Mickey Callaway's bullpen has faced the fifth-most batters in the National League since May 1.

They have faced the second-most batters this week thanks in large part to Jacob deGrom, who was pulled after just one inning during his most recent start due to throwing 45 pitches in the first inning. The next day, Noah Syndergaard pitched only five innings, and Zack Wheeler could only get through four innings Wednesday.

This is bad. It's only a three-game stretch, but it's not a new issue. Even when the Mets were playing their best baseball this season they were at best middle of the pack in this category...

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Jason Vargas, Jerry Blevins, Jeurys Familia, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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Apr 25, 2018; St. Louis, MO, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Corey Oswalt (55) pitches during the fifth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Curry)
Apr 25, 2018; St. Louis, MO, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Corey Oswalt (55) pitches during the fifth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Curry)

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Jason Vargas has been so bad since making his Mets debut last month that it's almost impossible to believe. The numbers: Three starts spanning 12.1 innings, with 19 runs allowed on 26 hits (including five home runs), while walking seven and striking out nine -- and failing to toss more than 4.2 innings in any of those starts.

Vargas is allowing hits on nearly half the balls that have been put in play against him (.447 BABIP). That's insane and will come down a lot, but he's also allowing the worst line drive percantage (26.0) and hard hit percentage (38.5) of his career. So, while Vargas should improve, what happens if he doesn't do so to the extent required to keep his rotation spot? Here are four internal options the Mets have to replace Vargas if it comes to it...

Tags: Corey Oswalt, Jason Vargas, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Danny Abriano
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Callaway, Flores on Mets' skid 00:01:12
Mets manager Mickey Callaway and infielder Wilmer Flores talk about the team's recent struggles at the plate.

The Mets have gone 7-16 since starting the season 11-1. And their downward spiral culminated on Wednesday, when they lost their three-game series to the National League-worst Reds in Cincinnati.

Manager Mickey Callaway, who faced questions about the lineup snafu that cost the Mets a scoring chance in the first inning on Wednesday, said "It's tough right now," but is staying even-keeled. 

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | If the Mets had won Wednesday's game, the lineup incident would've been a funny aside. Instead, it's a main topic. But in the grand scheme of things, I couldn't give less of a damn about it. What I give a damn about is how the season has spiraled out of control with no immediate fix on the horizon...

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Jason Vargas, Jay Bruce, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Paul Sewald, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier, Wilmer Flores, Yoenis Cespedes, Zack Wheeler
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New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)

Michelle Ioannou, MetsBlog | TwitterLast week in Mets Land was not a good one. I was at three games this past week... and the Mets lost all of them. In fact, the Mets didn't win a game their entire homestand. Six straight losses.

I know, none of you want to recap this past week I don't blame you. It was a horrible. But there was a move that does need to be brought up again, and that is Matt Harvey. Harvey refused a minor league assignment (to no one's surprise) and was DFA'd by the Mets. I already spoke about this more in depth, but it was a move that had to be made. And it was sad that it had to come to this. The irony of all of this, though? Hansel Robles was called up to replace Harvey in the bullpen. Yes, a sentence you likely never thought you'd hear (and likely never wanted to hear).

Speaking of Robles, he came back with a bang (and a point) by giving up a home run to Ian Desmond on Sunday in his first appearance back. The Mets went on to lose this game, but the biggest shockers of the game were that Noah Syndergaard walked in a run and Robles then somehow had a scoreless ninth inning despite giving up the above mentioned homer in the eighth...

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Hansel Robles, Jacob deGrom, Jerry Blevins, Matt Harvey, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Yoenis Cespedes, Michelle Ioannou
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 (Jake Roth)
(Jake Roth)

Michelle Ioannou, MetsBlog | Twitter

This week in Mets Land we had a couple of birthdays -- both mine and Gary Cohen!

 

Whereas I was dying on my couch with a 103-degree fever watching the Mets forget how to play defense and losing in extra innings for my birthday on Thursday, Gary was serenaded and blessed with a Mets win for his on Sunday. Happy birthday, Gare!

Tags: Jay Bruce, Jose Reyes, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Steven Matz, Yoenis Cespedes, Michelle Ioannou
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Syndergaard on his performance 00:00:50
Mets starter Noah Syndergaard and manager Mickey Callaway break down Syndergaard's performance in the Mets' extra-inning loss on Thursday.

Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard was largely dominant in 7.1 innings against the Cardinals on Thursday afternoon, but was done in by poor defense from his teammates in the seventh and eighth innings.

With the Mets up 2-0 entering the bottom of the seventh inning, Yoenis Cespedes slid and had Tommy Pham's leadoff pop up in his tracks, but had it go off his glove for a double. Pham then came around to score on a bloop single to right field by Marcell Ozuna.

Later in the seventh, Todd Frazier couldn't field a hot shot off the bat of Paul DeJong that extended the inning and led to Syndergaard's pitch count elevating even further...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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Harvey's future with the Mets 00:03:26
The Daily News Live panel discusses Mets pitcher Matt Harvey and his future with the team after his recent move to the bullpen.

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | Mets RHP Matt Harvey is "at a 10 with being pissed off" about his move to the bullpen, and views it as somewhere he can get his "sh*t" together. 

While he's out there, though -- whether it's short-term or long-term -- will it lead to increased velocity and actual success?

Harvey hasn't been the same since he pitched through Thoracic Outlet syndrome in 2016 (when he couldn't feel his fingers) and returned from surgery for the issue in 2017 -- a return he later said he might have rushed.

Tags: Matt Harvey, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Danny Abriano
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New York Mets' Matt Harvey (33) delivers a pitch during the first inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies Tuesday, April 3, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II/AP)
New York Mets' Matt Harvey (33) delivers a pitch during the first inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies Tuesday, April 3, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II/AP)

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | Mets RHP Matt Harvey is "at a 10 with being pissed off" about his move to the bullpen, and views it as somewhere he can get his "sh*t" together. 

While he's out there, though -- whether it's short-term or long-term -- will it lead to increased velocity and actual success?

Harvey hasn't been the same since he pitched through Thoracic Outlet syndrome in 2016 (when he couldn't feel his fingers) and returned from surgery for the issue in 2017 -- a return he later said he might have rushed.

Tags: Matt Harvey, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Danny Abriano
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 (Patrick Gorski)
(Patrick Gorski)

In the Mets exciting 5-3 win over the Braves in 12 innings, Robert Gsellman played the role of hero. 

Gsellman threw two scoreless innings before scoring the game-winning run in the top of the 12th, hustling home from second base on a Yoenis Cespedes single to easily beat Nick Markakis' throw home. 

After the game, feeling confident from the sprint, Gsellman anointed himself one of the fastest pitchers on the Mets. He even went out of his way to say that Noah Syndergaard "is not even close..."

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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:01:43
Following the New York Mets' win over the Atlanta Braves, Gary Cohen and Ron Darling discuss the clutch hitting of Yoenis Cespedes.

For a full box score of the game, click here.

Things you should know about tonight's game...

1) Noah Syndergaard took a no-decision as he allowed three earned runs, on seven hits, while striking out six and walking three over six innings. Thor's seven hits allowed is the most he has let up so far this season.

 

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Jeurys Familia, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Yoenis Cespedes
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 (Geoff Burke)
(Geoff Burke)

Michelle Ioannou, MetsBlog | Twitter | It was another good week in Mets Land. And no, it's not only because Michael Conforto is back, but let's focus on that for a bit.

We have our Scooter back! Conforto made his return to the lineup on Thursday, and he didn't disappoint. Mickey Callaway had made it known before the game that Conforto wanted to face Stephen Strasburg, and to put it simply, Conforto won that battle. In the fifth, Conforto hit a go-ahead two-run homer to left field off of Strasburg.

Yoenis Cespedes predicted this home run before the game, by the way, and took full credit for it postgame...

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Hansel Robles, Jay Bruce, Michael Conforto, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, TJ Rivera, Yoenis Cespedes, Michelle Ioannou
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Apr 5, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Seth Lugo (67) pitches during the ninth inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. New York Mets defeated Washington Nationals 8-2. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
Apr 5, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Seth Lugo (67) pitches during the ninth inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. New York Mets defeated Washington Nationals 8-2. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

Jacob deGrom allowed two runs (one earned) through six innings, after which Jerry Blevins, Robert Gsellman, Hansel Robles, and Seth Lugo combined to pitch three scoreless innings and strike out six, in Thursday's win against the Nationals.

Robles pitched well Wednesday against the Phillies, which was his first appearance of the season after being promoted from Triple-A to replace the injured Anthony Swarzak. Nevertheless, I panicked when he entered Thursday to start the eighth inning, even with the Mets leading, 8-2.

Forgive me, but it's been a difficult last 18 months with Hansel, so much so that I have very little faith that he can get his career back on track. He looked terrible in spring training, necessitating being left off the Opening Day roster. However, here he is. In a medium-leverage spot Wednesday, he pitched well enough to inspire manager Mickey Callaway to see what Robles could do in a low-leverage spot while going back-to-back days. And though he did let up a double, he struck out three of the four batters he faced and kept the majority of his pitches in the strike zone. So, color me impressed and intrigued...

Tags: Hansel Robles, Jerry Blevins, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Matthew Cerrone
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Mar 31, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Robert Gsellman (65) walks to the dugout after getting the final out during the sixth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
Mar 31, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Robert Gsellman (65) walks to the dugout after getting the final out during the sixth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

Michelle Ioannou, MetsBlog | TwitterI like Robert Gsellman coming out of the bullpen. Scratch that, I really, really like Gsellman coming out of the bullpen.

In the first two games he pitched this season, he looked absolutely fantastic, tossing 1.2 innings while striking out four of the seven batters he faced, and allowing just two hits.

On Opening Day at Citi Field, Gsellman was dominant, striking out all three Cardinals batters he faced -- Paul DeJong (who went on to hit a couple of dingers off of Steven Matz on Sunday), Kolten Wong, and Yairo Munoz. Gsellman's sinker was responsible for nine of these strikes. Yes, his sinker's back, and it looks better than ever...

Tags: Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Michelle Ioannou
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Mar 29, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) scores a run on New York Mets left Fielder Yoenis Cespedes (not pictured) rbi single during the 5th inning of the game on opening day at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
Mar 29, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) scores a run on New York Mets left Fielder Yoenis Cespedes (not pictured) rbi single during the 5th inning of the game on opening day at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | The Mets scored nine runs (without the benefit of a homer!) while beating the Cardinals, 9-4, on Opening Day yesterday at Citi Field. Here are three takeaways from the game...

Thor was electric, despite allowing four runs

Noah Syndergaard allowed four runs on six hits, walking none and striking out 10 in six innings, while throwing 85 pitches (59 strikes). He probably had one more inning in him, but with the cold conditions and the game pretty much in hand, Mickey Callaway lifted him...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Jeurys Familia, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Danny Abriano
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

After a solid outing by Mets starter Noah Syndergaard, the bullpen picked up right where he left off. 

Robert Gsellman took over in the seventh inning, and was lights out. He struck out the side on just 14 pitches. 

Newest Mets reliever Anthony Swarzak also tossed a hitless inning in the eighth, as he struck out one batter in his first appearance for the Blue and Orange.

Tags: Jeurys Familia, Robert Gsellman
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Sep 27, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Robert Gsellman (65) pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Sep 27, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Robert Gsellman (65) pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Giants have been hit hard by injuries to their starting rotation, losing LHP Madison Bumgarner to a broken left hand that will reportedly keep him out until mid-May or June in a best-case scenario. They will also be without RHP Jeff Samardzija for at least three-to-four weeks due to a pectoral strain.

The above is why Jon Paul Morosi of MLB.com thinks the Giants could reach out to the Mets in an effort to trade for a starting pitcher. However, Morosi notes that the Mets remain unlikely to deal from their starting pitching depth.

With Zack Wheeler beginning the season with Triple-A Las Vegas, the Mets' starting rotation will be Noah Syndergaard, Jacob deGrom, Steven Matz, Matt Harvey, and Seth Lugo.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Mar 7, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) throws against the New York Yankees during a spring training game at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Mar 7, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) throws against the New York Yankees during a spring training game at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

While much of the talk surrounds the Mets' much-hyped starting five finally pitching together in the regular season, another bad outing by Zack Wheeler could throw a wrench into those plans.

The NY Post reports that team officials were concerned about Wheeler's last Grapefruit League start last week against the Nationals. The right-hander allowed five runs on seven hits in three innings to hike his ERA this spring to 6.75. Furthermore, Wheeler has yet to go deeper than three innings in any of his four spring appearances.

Tags: Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Zack Wheeler
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Mets pitchers Zack Wheeler, Seth Lugo and Robert Gsellman (USA TODAY Images)
Mets pitchers Zack Wheeler, Seth Lugo and Robert Gsellman (USA TODAY Images)

When I first started writing this article, the focus was on the fifth starter spot. Everyone was assuming that the role would go to Steven Matz or Zack Wheeler. But now, with the minor Jason Vargas injury, there are two spots in the rotation to fill. So, no need to discuss who gets these spots, right? 

If you're nodding your head yes, I think you're wrong.

I have seen a lot of people talking about how we're going to see the "dream rotation" this season -- a rotation that we have been waiting to for quite a few seasons now, made up of Noah Syndergaard, Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Matz, and Wheeler.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Michelle Ioannou
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GEICO SportsNite: Mets beat O's 00:02:10
Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard comments on his win today against the Orioles and how his low pitch count helped him go the distance.

Noah Syndergaard pitched seven innings, Travis d'Arnaud hit his second homer of the spring, and the Mets held on to beat the Orioles on Sunday, 5-4.

Tags: Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Travis d'Arnaud
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New York Mets pitcher Robert Gsellman follows through with his pitching motion during spring training baseball practice Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)  (Jeff Roberson/AP)
New York Mets pitcher Robert Gsellman follows through with his pitching motion during spring training baseball practice Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) (Jeff Roberson/AP)

After a disappointing 2017 season, Robert Gsellman has made a big adjustment this offseason: his posture. 

The pitcher is now conscious of perfecting his posture at all times, whether it's walking through the clubhouse or playing the video game Call of Duty with his teammates. 

"I've got to make sure I put a pillow behind my back and my shoulders are straight [when playing Call of Duty]," Gsellman told Tim Britton of The Athletic. "It helps with recovery..."

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Callaway, Eiland talk pitching 00:09:23
SNY's Nelson Figueroa sits down with Mets manager Mickey Callaway and pitching coach Dave Eiland to talk pitching in Port St. Lucie.

Mets manager Mickey Callaway and pitching coach Dave Eiland will likely need to convert at least one starting pitcher to a relief role between now and Opening Day. And they recently discussed that process with SNY.

"I think you have to do it sooner rather than later for a couple of reasons," Eiland said. "Obviously, you have to condition that pitcher -- condition his body, his arm. And most importantly, condition his mind. He's used to being in his every-five-day routine. ... and now you have to condition him to pitch every other day, three-out-of-four, four-out-of-six -- whatever the case may be."

"In a perfect world, our five starters will rise up and show who they are early," Eiland added. "It may go down closer to the end than we would like. We have to keep our eye on that and do what's best for the individual and best for the team."

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Feb 26, 2017; Paul Sewald (79) delivers a pitch during a spring training game. Credit: Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 26, 2017; Paul Sewald (79) delivers a pitch during a spring training game. Credit: Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

As Spring Training wears on, the pieces of the Mets roster are beginning to fall into place. The bullpen -- a long time thorn in the team's side -- has a strong foundation emerging, and there are several relievers looking to snag a spot for Opening Day.

The back-end of the bullpen is set, and has the potential to be strong. Jeurys Familia is solid so far this spring, and looks to be fully recovered from last season's surgery. A.J. Ramos has also come out strong, and should bring a much-needed consistency that the Mets have often lacked. The newest acquisition, Anthony Swarzak, has seen limited action due to an early calf strain, but should be seeing action this weekend. And Jerry Blevins is looking to continue his stretch as one of the top lefty relievers in the game.

This core quartet leaves either three or four spots for a bevy of competitors to vie for, depending on how many bench players the Mets intend to carry. Paul Sewald, who pitched better last year than his final line indicated, is at the front of the pack currently, having given up only one run this spring over four appearances. He doesn't throw hard, but his sidearm delivery offers a nice complement to the other fireballers on the staff.

Tags: Hansel Robles, Jeurys Familia, Paul Sewald, Rafael Montero, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Zack Wheeler, Maggie Wiggin
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Brandon Nimmo mic'd up 00:01:31
Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo wears a microphone as he faces reliever Jerry Blevins during a recent workout in Port St. Lucie.

SNY mic'd up Brandon Nimmo during batting practice as he faced Robert Gsellman and Jerry Blevins, and hit his first-ever Spring Training BP home run -- much to the faux-chagrin of Blevins.

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Cadillac Post Game Extra: 3/7 00:02:55
Eamon McAnaney, Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 11-4 loss to the Yankees on Wednesday.

Zack Wheeler and Robert Gsellman had strong outings before Rafael Montero trotted in from the bullpen with a gasoline can and a match in his hand as the Mets fell to the Yankees, 11-4, on Wednesday afternoon at First Data Field.

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Things you should know about today's game...

Tags: Rafael Montero, Robert Gsellman, Travis d'Arnaud, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Cadillac Post Game Extra: 3/7 00:02:55
Eamon McAnaney, Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 11-4 loss to the Yankees on Wednesday.

Zack Wheeler and Robert Gsellman had strong outings before Rafael Montero trotted in from the bullpen with a gasoline can and a match in his hand as the Mets fell to the Yankees, 11-4, on Wednesday afternoon at First Data Field.

To see the full box score, click here!

Things you should know about today's game...

Tags: Rafael Montero, Robert Gsellman, Travis d'Arnaud, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Mar 1, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets shortstop Jose Reyes (7) fields a ground ball before throwing out a Miami Marlins base runner in the the fifth inning of a spring training game at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Mar 1, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets shortstop Jose Reyes (7) fields a ground ball before throwing out a Miami Marlins base runner in the the fifth inning of a spring training game at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

Luis Guillorme notched three RBI as the Mets tied the Astros, 7-7, to finish their Friday double-header.

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Three things you should know about today's game...

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Robert Gsellman, Tim Tebow
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Jul 29, 2017; Michael Conforto (30) hits at Safeco Field. Credit: Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 29, 2017; Michael Conforto (30) hits at Safeco Field. Credit: Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

The Mets have agreed to terms with all 22 pre-arbitration eligible players, including contracts with OF Michael Conforto, RHP Robert Gsellman, LHP Steven Matz, C Kevin Plawecki, OF Brandon Nimmo, SS Amed Rosario, and 1B Dominic Smith

Other players who signed contracts are RHP Tyler Bashlor, RHP Gerson Bautista, RHP Jamie Callahan. INF Gavin Cecchini, RHP Chris Flexen, INF Luis Guillorme, RHP Seth Lugo, RHP Kevin McGowan, RHP Marcus Molina, C Tomas Nido, RHP Corey Oswalt, RHP Jacob Rhame, INF T.J. Rivera, RHP Paul Sewald, and RHP Rafael Montero

Mets payroll currently stands at $152.6 million. They began last season with a payroll of $154.4 million, according to Cot's Baseball Contracts.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Gavin Cecchini, Michael Conforto, Rafael Montero, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, TJ Rivera
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BNNY: Robles' disastrous outing 00:02:08
The Baseball Night in New York panel overreacts to Hansel Robles' disappointing outing, in which he allowed four runs in just one inning.

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | The Mets are expected to have an eight-man bullpen for the majority of this season, and Hansel Robles should not be guaranteed a spot in the Opening Day version of it.

This isn't a reaction to the four runs Robles allowed to the Astros in one inning of work on Monday afternoon (including a first-pitch homer). Rather, it's a reaction to the 4.92 ERA (5.13 FIP) he posted in 2017 as his walks continued to tick up (a career-high 4/6 per 9) and his strikeouts continued to trend down (a career-low 9.5 per 9).

And yes, I cringed a bit when Robles began his famous "point" on the home run he allowed on Monday before stopping himself...

Tags: Hansel Robles, Jerry Blevins, Jeurys Familia, Paul Sewald, Rafael Montero, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Danny Abriano
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Feb 19, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) during practice drills at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Feb 19, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) during practice drills at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

Here are some thoughts on Yoenis Cespedes, Robert Gsellman, and more with the Mets roughly one month away from Opening Day at Citi Field...


Yoenis Cespedes...

Last week I pointed out that Cespedes looks heavier and thicker, yet also appeared to be moving better.

Tags: Dominic Smith, Robert Gsellman, Yoenis Cespedes, Matthew Cerrone
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Feb 14, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) fields the ball during a workout at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Feb 14, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) fields the ball during a workout at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

Mets RHP Robert Gsellman and RHP Jeurys Familia were among two pitchers who made their spring training debuts on Sunday during the Mets' spring training game against Marlins on Sunday in Port St. Lucie.

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 (Steve Mitchell)
(Steve Mitchell)

Who is pitching today for the Mets? 

RHP Robert Gsellman will start, with Jeurys FamiliaJerry Blevins, A.J. RamosAnthony Swarzak, and Rafael Montero also scheduled to pitch.

Next up

The Mets go on the road to face the Astros on Monday at 1:05 p.m.

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Feb 19, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (right) during practice drills at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Feb 19, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (right) during practice drills at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

Mets manager Mickey Callaway announced the starting pitchers and relievers for the first three Grapefruit League games.

Zack Wheeler will start on Friday against the Braves at 1:10 p.m. on SNY, with Hansel Robles, Chris Flexen, Paul SewaldCorey Oswalt, Jacob Rhame, Tyler Bashlor, Jamie Callahan, and Drew Smith also scheduled to pitch.

Seth Lugo will start on Saturday against the Cardinals at 1:10 p.m. on WPIX, with Kevin McGowan, Marcos Molina, P.J. Conlon, Corey Taylor, and Gerson Bautista also scheduled to pitch.

Tags: Jerry Blevins, Jeurys Familia, Paul Sewald, Rafael Montero, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Zack Wheeler
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Is Wheeler a starting pitcher? 00:03:38
Mets manager Mickey Callaway believes that Zack Wheeler is a starting pitcher, and the panel debates whether they agree with the skipper.

In the wake of a NY Daily News report that the Mets planned to open the season with RHP Zack Wheeler in the bullpen, manager Mickey Callaway said Wednesday that Wheeler is "definitely a starting pitcher."

"For us to be the best possible team we can be, we have to have him be a starter," Callaway added. "And he's gonna go out there and do everything he can to win this competition that we have going on."

Wheeler will start the Mets' Grapefruit League opener on Friday.

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | Wheeler has spent the better part of three years working his way back from Tommy John surgery, so his frustration last week was somewhat understandable -- even though the optics were bad. And regardless of what Callaway said on Wednesday, Wheeler is simply the most logical choice to move to the bullpen...

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Jerry Blevins, Jeurys Familia, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler
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 (Jay Biggerstaff)
(Jay Biggerstaff)

The signing of veteran lefty Jason Vargas prompted GM Sandy Alderson to say the team is "pretty much where we want to be." But the signing has left some on the Mets' pitching staff wondering where they stand within the rotation. 

The Mets have always been looking for another starter this offseason, and Vargas doesn't only fill that void, but he brings with him veteran knowledge and leadership to a young talented group of pitchers in the starting rotation.

"Not only do we have another guy that can go out there and pitch effectively, we've deepened our team," manager Mickey Callaway noted. "We've added to our depth and probably strengthened our bullpen in a role. He brings a lot not just to the dynamic of our team, but team leadership."

Tags: Rafael Montero, Robert Gsellman, Zack Wheeler, Scott Thompson
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

In the wake of the Mets signing LHP Jason Vargas to a two-year deal, RHP Zack Wheeler said his focus remains on being a starting pitcher. He expressed that focus with few words.

But Wheeler regrets being so brief with his answers and understands why that might have been construed as anger, but says that any addition to the team is good.

"I shouldn't have been short about it," Wheeler said. "Anybody who comes and helps out or team is always a plus. ... I barely pitched in two and a half years. I totally understand it."

Tags: Matt Harvey, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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 (Patrick Gorski)
(Patrick Gorski)

As Mets players trickle into Port St. Lucie ahead of spring training officially starting, spirits are high and optimism is fresh for 2018. The Mets pitching staff, plagued with injuries in 2017, is ready to get to work for the upcoming season. But not before having some fun with each other. 

Robert Gsellman was asked if he put extra emphasis on his athleticism and flexibility this offseason as Noah Syndergaard did. Gsellman took the opportunity as an opening to poke some fun at Syndergaard.

"No, (Noah) is just not athletic," Gsellman joked, via Laura Albanese of Newsday. "He's like a fat guy running in flip-flops."

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