Robert Gsellman immediately got tested in a high-leverage situation and emerged a bullpen hero for the Mets on Saturday.
In his first appearance since Aug. 11 of last season, the right-hander stifled the Marlins in the seventh inning — striking out two of the three batters he faced — playing a key role in the Mets’ 8-4 victory at Citi Field.
“His stuff was sharp and you could see the movement from the side, it was just nasty,” manager Luis Rojas said. “Some weird swings against him, whether it was the slider or the sinker. The sinker looked [nasty], like it was sinking at the very last moment at a high velocity.”
Gsellman’s dominance came after Jeurys Familia had walked three batters in the sixth, allowing the Marlins to score twice and pull within 5-4. Seth Lugo and Justin Wilson each pitched a scoreless inning behind Gsellman, who missed summer camp with strained triceps. He was on the injured list for the final six weeks of last season with a strained lat.
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