NY Sports Day Q & A With Robert Gsellman

PHILADELPHIA – Robert Gsellman came out of nowhere last season and helped save the Mets season. Called up in August, this 23 year-old went 4-2 with a 2.42 ERA in eight games for the Met, filling in for injured pitchers like Jacob deGrom and Steven Matz.

This season, Gsellman came into Port St. Lucie as the No. 7 pitcher on the roster, but a strong spring earned him the No. 5 spot in the rotation.

The other day, NYSD caught up to the Mets rookie pitcher to find out more about him.

NY Sports Day: Going into spring training what was the mentality you took to win a spot in the rotation?

Robert Gsellman: Just go out and do what I can do. Just have fun and don’t think about the results. Do what you got to do.

NYSD: Over the winter, what did you do to prepare for the season?

RG: I needed to get my shoulder right, so I could swing the bat again. I just tried to get myself into shape, so I can get better and more mature. Just try help the team.

NYSD: Was it tough last year not being able to swing the bat?

RG: It was very frustrating to go up there and look at pitches. And then you had to lay down the bunt with a couple of runners on. That’s the worst part. Now I’m able to swing, so it’s a lot more fun in the box.

NYSD: What’s it like rooming with Noah Syndergaard?

RG: You can learn a lot from him. He’s one of the best pitchers in baseball, so you can learn a lot. You just talk about things about baseball and it’s helping me learn.

NYSD: I hope you are a Game of Thrones fan…

RG: He put me onto it, but I haven’t watched it. I heard a lot of good things about it, so I’m going to start.

NYSD: You will be watching it every Sunday night.

RG: Yeah (Laughs).

NYSD: You said you made an adjustment the other day during your first start. What was the exact adjustment?

RG: I was rocking my shoulders a little too much, so I couldn’t catch up with my delivery. In the fourth and fifth innings, my shoulders were more relaxed, so my arm could catch up with my delivery. It was a lot smoother mechanics.

NYSD: Who caught that?

RG: I noticed I was doing it and (Pitching Coach Dan Warthen) said something. I shook my head, because I could feel it. I took it to the mound in the fourth inning. It made a big difference.

NYSD: What are you doing differently now adjusting to the league?

RG: Just try to stay out of patterns and try to get the batters out. The same thing I did last year. Have fun and not try to do too much.

NYSD: How much of a surprise was it when you were called up last year?

RG: Everyone was shocked. This is the ultimate goal. I was pretty proud of myself being called up last year.

NYSD: How hard was it to pitch in Las Vegas. It’s not easy for pitchers.

RG: Definitely not easy. Challenges are good. They make you a better player. You definitely have to get the ball down. You just have to keep it down in the zone and not complain if the hitters get to you.

NYSD: Any goals for this season?

RG: To win. Nobody likes losing. I want to win.

NYSD: Is there a place you haven’t played at last season you are looking forward to playing this season?

RG: Every park I haven’t pitched it. I’m excited pitching in LA, my hometown. That’s about it.  


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Joe McDonald

Joe McDonald is the founder and former publisher of NY Sports Day. After selling to i15Media in 2020, he serves as the Editor-in-Chief and responsible for the editorial side of the publication. In the past, Joe was the managing editor of NY Sportscene magazine and assistant editor of Mets Inside Pitch. He has covered the Mets since 2004.

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