After being generally harangued for their win-next-year approach at July’s trade deadline, the Mets have ripped off an 11-5 record this August. At 63-60, New York sits just 2.0 games back in the NL Wild Card race. But if the Mets are going to summon a truly amazing late-season turnaround, they will be doing so, at least temporarily, without the late-inning services of reliever Robert Gsellman. As a report from Newsday’s Tim Healey intimates, Gsellman has been moved to the 10-day injured list with a tight right triceps. The 10-day IL stint is retroactive to Wednesday, so Gsellman will be eligible to return next weekend when the Mets host the Braves.
As has been noted here and in most other corners of the internet, New York’s bullpen has been entirely unreliable this year, with a 5.22 collective ERA that ranks third-worst in the majors. Gsellman hasn’t exactly helped matters with consistency, as his 4.66 ERA and 4.13 FIP through 63.2 innings would indicate. The righty had been on a good run of late though, with a 2.97 ERA in his last seven appearances dating back to July 26th.
In the immediate term, the Mets will recall Walker Lockett to take Gsellman’s space on the active roster. This is Lockett’s fourth recall of the 2019 season. Dating back to last year’s debut with the Padres, Lockett has a 8.63 ERA in 32.1 innings at the game’s highest level.