Of the seven starting pitchers that the New York Mets carried in spring training, five have been on the disabled list this season. Now, it looks like you can make it six.
Robert Gsellman left tonight’s game against the Marlins in the third inning after trying and failing to beat out a grounder to first. He limped off the field, and the team has since announced that he has a strained hamstring. From post-game interviews, it seems like a stint on the DL will be in order. If so, he’ll join Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Zack Wheeler and Tommy Milone. (To be clear, those are their starting pitchers on the disabled list right now. Not for the season. Right now.)
In light of the fact that Gsellman has had the worst results of any pitcher to start more than three games for the team this year—with a 6.04 ERA and peripheral figures that don’t indicate anything much better—a trip to the 10-day disabled list doesn’t seem like such a tough break for the Mets. But in light of the fact that this team has already been stretched nearly to its breaking point in terms of pitching depth, it’s not great! To wit—Adam Wilk made one start for them last month. Adam Wilk had not started a major-league game since 2012. (He gave up six runs in three innings and change, and he has since been placed on waivers.) Get ready for, uh, more Rafael Montero.
Protect Jacob deGrom at all costs.