Robert Gsellman
Robert Gsellman
25-Year-Old PitcherRP
New York Mets
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Deeming Gsellman’s conversion to the bullpen successful is a matter of perspective. Posting 16 holds and 13 saves wasn’t bad, but he also blew six saves. Gsellman's surface stats and peripherals were suspect, especially for a reliever. As is usually the case when a former starter comes out of the bullpen, Gsellman added velocity, fueling the expected boost in strikeouts, albeit to a still-pedestrian 20.3%. Not only did he fail to improve his walk rate, it rose to 8.1%, a level too high for someone lacking better strikeout skills. Gsellman stuck with his four-pitch mix instead of paring down and focusing on just a couple, headed by a 95-mph four-seamer. Sometimes it takes a converted starter a couple years to figure things out as a reliever. Maybe this is the case with Gsellman. Unfortunately for his 2019 fantasy utility, Gsellman no longer has a real shot at saves after the Mets acquired Edwin Diaz from Seattle. Read Past Outlooks
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Unavailable this weekend
PNew York Mets
Coach's Decision
September 28, 2018
Gsellman will not pitch this weekend due to his workload throughout the 2018 season, Mike Puma of The New York Post reports.
Gsellman will end the campaign at exactly 80 innings pitched with a 4.28 ERA and 1.30 WHIP. He accumulated 13 saves, including eight since the start of August. The 25-year-old finished the season with a save against Atlanta on Thursday. In addition, Seth Lugo will also be shut down from pitching this week. If the Mets wind up in a save situation, look for Anthony Swarzak to close.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2016
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2016vs Left .249 507 96 51 111 25 2 15
Since 2016vs Right .282 572 98 34 145 27 3 11
2018vs Left .216 164 34 19 30 9 0 6
2018vs Right .279 181 36 9 46 5 1 2
2017vs Left .276 260 39 24 64 12 2 9
2017vs Right .284 289 43 18 74 19 2 8
2016vs Left .230 83 23 8 17 4 0 0
2016vs Right .281 102 19 7 25 3 0 1
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ERA on Road
Since 2016Home 4.17 1.30 144.2 9 6 6 7.8 2.7 0.9
Since 2016Away 4.70 1.54 99.2 9 6 7 6.2 3.7 1.1
2018Home 4.47 1.20 44.1 2 1 6 9.5 2.8 0.8
2018Away 4.04 1.43 35.2 4 2 7 5.8 3.5 1.0
2017Home 4.50 1.39 76.0 5 3 0 6.5 2.6 1.2
2017Away 6.39 1.69 43.2 3 4 0 5.6 4.1 1.4
2016Home 2.59 1.19 24.1 2 2 0 8.5 3.0 0.0
2016Away 2.21 1.38 20.1 2 0 0 8.4 3.1 0.4
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How does Robert Gsellman compare to other relievers?
This section compares his stats with all relief pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 30 innings). The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
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Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Robert Gsellman
NL FAAB Factor: Waiver Pickups of the Week
September 2nd
Jan Levine takes a look at Arodys Vizcaino, who's set for a rehab assignment, and what his role might be for the Braves upon his return. Who else can help fantasy players following September roster expansion?
Mound Musings: The Bullpen Shuffle – National League
August 16th
Brad Johnson looks at evolving bullpen assignments in the NL to see where they may be headed. Kenta Maeda could see the majority of saves in Los Angeles until Kenley Jansen returns.
The Long Game: Tomorrow's Closers... Today!
August 14th
Erik Siegrist looks for potential 2019 save sources in all 30 big-league bullpens, including a peek at what might happen in Boston if Craig Kimbrel leaves as a free agent.
Mound Musings: My 2018 'Home' League Pitching Staff Revisited
August 9th
Brad Johnson delves into the details of his 28th Home League pitching staff, featuring Noah Syndergaard as his No. 1 starter.
Mound Musings: Examining Trade Deadline Repercussions
August 2nd
Brad Johnson dives into the impact of the non-waiver trade deadline on pitchers like Cole Hamels, who was in the middle of a disappointing season with the Rangers when he got traded to the Cubs.
Past Fantasy Outlooks
A popular sleeper candidate heading into last season, Gsellman flopped in a major way, but it's too early to write the 24-year-old off. His strikeout rate fell by more than two per nine from his stellar debut sample in 2016, as he was far too hittable even when he put the ball out of the strike zone (76.0 percent O-Contact%). Although he maintained an above-average groundball rate, Gsellman gave something back in that department, with more balls being elevated and put over the fences. The velocity at which he throws his slider is a bit troubling given the torque on the arm, and he did lose some fastball velocity year-over-year, but as long as Gsellman is healthy, he should be in the mix for starts in New York. Gsellman deserves some consideration as an endgame flier in deep formats, but don't be stubborn and hold onto him if he gets off to a similarly poor start.
Gsellman began 2016 at Double-A Binghamton where a 2.71 ERA and 1.09 WHIP in 11 starts earned a promotion to Triple-A Las Vegas. The young righty was sporting a 5.73 ERA and 1.49 WHIP when he was summoned by the Mets on Aug. 23, but much of those struggles can be explained away by the harsh pitching conditions of the PCL. After an impressive appearance out of the bullpen the day of his callup, Gsellman was inserted into the rotation, posting a tidy 2.42 ERA and 1.28 WHIP, starting seven games. Even more impressive was a 22.7 percent strikeout rate, surpassing anything he'd done on the farm. This is not the first time an unsung Mets pitching prospect has shown up in the majors with added fastball velocity (93.6 mph) and a plus-plus slider (think Jacob deGrom). Given the injury concerns surrounding the Mets' rotation, Gsellman could find his way to close to a full season's workload, and the draft day price tag offers room to profit.
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Earns 13th save
PNew York Mets
September 27, 2018
Gsellman struck out one while earning the save Thursday, hitting a batter and allowing a hit in a scoreless inning in the win over Atlanta.
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Blows save chance
PNew York Mets
September 20, 2018
Gsellman allowed two hits and allowed the tying run to score to blow the save Thursday against the Nationals.
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Notches 11th save
PNew York Mets
September 13, 2018
Gsellman (6-2) picked up his 11th save of the season in Game 2 of Thursday's doubleheader against the Marlins. He allowed one walk and collected one strikeout.
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Earns 10th save
PNew York Mets
September 3, 2018
Gsellman allowed two hits and a run but managed to record the save Monday against the Dodgers.
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Records save
PNew York Mets
September 1, 2018
Gsellman registered his ninth save of the season Saturday, working a scoreless inning with a strikeout to wrap up the Mets' extra-innings victory over the Giants.
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