In a season that has seen its share of disappointment there has been some magnificent moments, and Sunday Mets starter Robert Gsellman brought his best outing to the mound at Sun Trust Park.
The long-haired double of Jacob deGrom mirrored more than the ace’s mane in his seven innings of dominant ball, surrendering one unearned run via back to back errors by rookie shortstop Amed Rosario.
Gsellman walked nary a batter in his three hit 5-1 victory over Atlanta with a bevvy of ground balls, attacking batters inside the plate, as well as a trusty changeup that accounted for three called strikes.
“I tried to get the sinker away from lefties as they had a lot in the lineup,” Gsellman said. “I also used my changeup and I thought it worked well.”
It’s been a mixed bag for the young righty who has struggled mightily this season with a bloated 5.30 ERA. Feast or famine has followed him from the dugout to the diamond with a demotion to Triple A, and yet Gsellman keeps coming back proving that he has the prowess to be a contender.
Manager Terry Collins on Gsellman’s performance – “He is an outstanding athlete and he is bound and determined. He is being challenged by something, as he hasn’t had the kind of year that he anticipated. Right now, he has to show us he can be one of those guys again. Today he showed us that he could.”
New kid on the Mets block, Norichika Aoki, continued to swing a hot bat recording three hits, setting the table early in the first drawing a lead-off walk from an 0-2 count, scoring on Jose Reye’s triple past Nick Markakis’ glove in the right-center-field gap.
The Met least likely to be standing at the end of the season, Asdrubal Cabrera, was clutch with a pinch-hit two-run homer to give NY some breathing room in the top of the ninth.
On Monday, Matt Harvey faces a formidable Mets foe in the Miami Marlins, hoping to rebound on the road after his previous 3 1/3 five run pounding by the Chicago Cubs.