Gilmartin got the start in Saturday's Grapefruit League game against the Nationals, allowing one run on one hit over two innings while striking out one. The run came on a monster blast off the bat of Bryce Harper, but better pitchers than Gilmartin have served up homers to the Nats' phenom. The 26-year-old is one of a number of lefties competing for a spot in the Mets' bullpen this spring, but his ability to work in long relief and make spot starts could give Gilmartin an edge in the battle.
Gilmartin (0-1) only recorded two outs and allowed five runs on four hits and walked three batters in a loss to the Phillies on Saturday. With Saturday's projected starter Noah Syndergaard coming down with strep throat, New York turned to relief pitcher Gilmartin. In his first start of the year, he failed to get out of the first inning and retired just 2-of-9 batters he faced with Phillies starting pitcher Alec Asher even recording a hit. The rough outing raises his season ERA from 4.76 to 7.13.
Gilmartin will be the starting pitcher for Saturday's game against the Phillies, Matt Ehalt of The Record reports. Noah Syndergaard (illness) was originally slated to pitch Saturday, but he was ruled out after coming down with strep throat. This turn of events allows Gilmartin to make his second career start in the big leagues, and if he can continue to pitch as well as he has lately (seven straight scoreless appearances out of the bullpen), he could be a decent streaming option against the fourth-place Phillies.
Gilmartin is set to be recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas, Mike Puma of the New York Post reports. In the minors since June 30, Gilmartin's results haven't been overly impressive with Triple-A, owning a 6.12 ERA in five starts after the All-Star break. Despite being a starter in the minors, the 2011 first-round pick will likely join the Mets' bullpen, replacing Erik Goeddel.
Gilmartin is expected to be optioned to Triple-A on Thursday, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports. Gilmartin has struggled mightily since being recalled from Triple-A last week. Over his last two appearances, he's allowed eight hits and seven earned runs, ballooning his ERA to 7.00 on the season. The lefty will head to Las Vegas to attempt to get back on track, and Seth Lugo is expected to be recalled to take Gilmartin's spot in the bullpen.