Gsellman Beats Out Lugo and Wheeler
Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports has reported that Robert Gsellman has won the last spot in the Mets’ rotation. If your wondering how Mets fans would react to this, thankfully, the twitter account @InMetsWeTrust ran a poll on the race.
#IMWTPoll: Who do you think should be in the Mets starting rotation?— In Mets We Trust (@InMetsWeTrust) March 24, 2017
Given the results above, management has given the fans exactly what they wanted. Nevertheless, and inevitably, it’s not all smooth sailing from here. Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson has expressed he is worried that Steven Matz is feeling irritation and tenderness in his left elbow. Fortunately, the Mets have the depth and are prepared for this; with that said, the call for the depth has come much sooner than expected.
Although no injury is good, this can open up a genuine competition between Gsellman, Seth Lugo, and Zack Wheeler. They have been judged on Spring Training and the World Baseball Classic up until this moment; if they were judged on an even scale, on the MLB diamond, then the decision can be made in its truest form.
Still, it is unknown if Matz will be ready in time for his first start. In addition, it is also unknown who would take his spot if he is not ready in time. What we do know is that Sandy has confirmed Lugo and/or Wheeler are the answer.
Sandy Alderson said publicly and on the record that Seth Lugo and Zack Wheeler are the depth choices if there’s an issue with Steven Matz.— Marc Carig (@MarcCarig) March 26, 2017
What’s in question, is whether Lugo and Wheeler will each switch off every fifth pitching spot; or, if Sandy will just choose one candidate to replace him. Whatever the case, Gsellman is not safe and the competition is not over. In a satisfying conclusion, who can be considered safe, however, are the guys pictured below.