If the Mets are trying to convince people that they might not actually be good this year, they’ve been making a hell of a case over the past week-and-a-half. That probably isn’t the case, but on Wednesday night, they fell behind 5-0 in the first inning thanks mostly to Robert Gsellman. They only scored twice, and the gave up three more runs before the game was over.
In total, Gsellman gave up six runs, five of which were earned, with two strikeouts and three walks. He gave up ten hits and only lasted four-plus innings, and it took him 100 pitches to do so. He’s got a 6.23 ERA on the season now, and the Mets are going to have to hope he improves, whether they get Steven Matz or Seth Lugo back in the not-too-distant future or not.
At the plate, Jay Bruce had a couple of hits and drew a couple of walks, the Mets’ best overall performance from a position player in the game. He’s look fairly adept at the defensive responsibilities of first base, too, which has been a pleasant surprise.
But for as good as he has looked, Jose Reyes has looked just as bad. Last night, he went 1-for-3 with a walk, which is about his best game of the season so far, but still looked not-so-good at third base, with a couple of pretty bad throws.
The Mets are probably better than this. There’s still a long way to go, too. But the rest of the season will get a lot easier if they snap out of this immediately.
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Win Probability Added
Big winners: Jay Bruce, +10.5% WPA
Big losers: Robert Gsellman, -39.6% WPA
Teh aw3s0mest play: Brandon Phillips gets caught stealing by oversliding the bag in the first, +8.9% WPA
Teh sux0rest play: Tyler Flowers doubles to drive in three runs in the first, -12.9% WPA
Total pitcher WPA: -38.0% WPA
Total batter WPA: -12.0% WPA
GWRBI!: Tyler Flowers