Robert Gsellman Likely to Start Season with New York Mets

Aug 23, 2016; St. Louis, MO, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Robert Gsellman (65) pitches in his Major League debut to a St. Louis Cardinals batter during the first inning at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Robert Gsellman appears to have earned himself a spot on the pitching staff of the New York Mets. The right-hander, who is just 23, struck six batters out across six innings of work on Tuesday against the Cardinals.

Terry Collins the New York manager was asked if he expected the young right-hander to start the season in Las Vegas with the Mets Triple-A affiliate and he answered no he did not.

Collins added that Gsellman has had a very good spring and has thrown the ball very well. Collins said he picked up where he had left off at the end of last season.

No decision was made as of yet on Seth Lugo, who like Gsellman was strong during the latter part of the regular season last year when the Mets were battling for a wildcard berth.

From the beginning of spring training, Lugo has entered into the equation, often in the same context or sentence as Gsellman. The two have been mentioned when the conversation turns to Zack Wheeler the fifth starter who had surgery  during 2015 and continues to work back to form.

Gsellman may start in the Mets bullpen as a long reliever added the Mets manager.

Following starts by Wheeler and Lugo on Monday with split squad teams, Gsellman allowed five hits and three runs in a tie of 3-3 with St. Louis. Gsellman said there was no additional pressure applied trying to make an impression on coaches.

In addition, Steven Matz a southpaw appears to be better after the team was worried about tenderness in his left elbow. The projected No. 4 Mets starter threw the ball Monday and was on the mound Tuesday in the bullpen.

Matz may pitch Thursday, but Collins said that would not be determined until Thursday as they attempt to see how his elbow feels leading up to the game.

The Mets will play exhibition games Thursday as well as Friday allowing the staff additional time to make their final decision before they finalize the roster over the weekend.

New York is waiting to hear about the possible suspension of Jeurys Familia a reliever who met on Monday with MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred to discuss the domestic violence incident of the closer, which a court dismissed.

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