The Mets announced a few moves before their loss to the Marlins on Friday. The club activated right-hander Robert Gsellman from the injured list, optioned lefty Daniel Zamora to its alternate training site, added infielder Luis Carpio to its 60-man player pool and outrighted outfielder Ryan Cordell.
Gsellman hasn’t pitched this season on account of a right triceps injury, which has weakened a New York bullpen that has begun 2020 in below-average fashion. Mets relievers ranked 24th in ERA entering Friday’s action.
Gsellman, for his part, has hardly been automatic when it comes to stopping runs, but he has given the Mets 143 2/3 decent innings in relief since 2018, and he averaged a career-best 95.4 mph on his fastball last season. He owns a 4.28 ERA/4.00 FIP with 8.09 K/9 and 3.27 BB/9 in 151 1/3 frames as a reliever.
Cordell joined the Mets on a minor league deal in January, but the team designated him for assignment Wednesday after he opened the season with four appearances and four trips to the plate. The former member of the White Sox cleared waivers after the Mets designated him, and he’s now in line to remain with the organization.
Baseball this season is turning in to hockey with all these playoff teams. (8 teams per league) which is ridiculous. Does anyone care about hockey, besides hockeyjohn? (No comment necessary)
Its so they can make more money so the sport doesn’t become handicapped by existing salaries. Its really not that hard. They’ll be back to normal next year
It’s a one year thing, calm down.
Let’s hope so. But I’m not optimistic. It won’t be long before forces inside MLB are lobbying for 2020 changes to be permanent; i.e. 7 inning double headers, runners on base to start extra innings, expanded rosters, universal DH, BLM promotions, etc. MLB will never be the same, and might not recover from this madness.
Universal dh is here to stay sadly. Double digit scores are the norm. Not sure if the 7 inning double headers or runners on 2nd in extras will stick. I hope not although I’m fine with it this year.
I’m fine with the DH. I’m an NL guy and I’ve always been against it in the NL, but it’s time to adapt it league wide. With the amount of interleague games now, it just makes sense to make the DH universal. There’s only a couple of decent hitting pitchers anyway and few teams play small ball anymore.
I hope they don’t keep the runner on 2nd for extra inning games or at the very least start it after the 11th inning.
Yea. Good points. I didn’t like seeing pitchers hit per se, but I enjoyed the managerial strategy side of things. Double switches, deciding to leave your ace in or pinch hit in a tie game…etc. But things change.
Yeah, it was kind of enjoyable to scan box scores with so many random changes and substitutions. I can live with a permanent DH though.
The real problem for me is the runner on second to begin extra innings. To me, it almost diminishes the importance of playing well the rest of the game if you suddenly change the nature after so many innings.
I’m actually a huge fan of the expanded rosters, as I like the idea of each player having a specialty or area of expertise. It rewards teams that take advantage of their personnel.
I thought I’d hate the three batter minimum, but since you can also switch pitchers at the end of an inning, it’s not so bad. It actually adds some strategy to the game and increases the importance of being a well-balanced pitcher.
I don’t like it when people try to completely transform the game of baseball, but I believe “purists” can be rather stingy as well. Change doesn’t necessarily have to be negative. Hopefully the 7-inning doubleheader rule is just for this year though. That meddles with record books and statistics a bit much for my liking
Listening to the Braves/Phillies game, either I don’t understand the rule or the announcers don’t. Tommy Hunter faced one batter in the top of the 7th and got him out to end the inning. He came back and pitched the entire 8th inning. The announcers were counting down, “well now he only has to face one more batter”, like he still had to face another two batters even though he finished the previous inning.
It’s the announcers. I’m 99% sure the pitcher can be replaced when the inning culminates. If you’re listening to the Phillies announcers, I can attest to their general incompetence as a loyal fan
It was MLBN, not sure who was announcing though, sounded like Kruk.