Gsellman struck out one in a perfect ninth inning Sunday to pick up his third save of the season in a win over the Diamondbacks. Manager Mickey Callaway suggested after Jeurys Familia was reinstated from the disabled list that he "wouldn't be afraid" to use him in the ninth inning right away, but instead he called upon Familia in the eighth with the Mets down by a run, and then turned to Gsellman to close things out after the team rallied in the top of the ninth. In all likelihood Familia will regain closing duties soon enough, but Gsellman's solid numbers (2.79 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 41:17 K:BB in 42 innings) could keep him in the picture, especially if Familia continues to struggle as he did Sunday.
Gsellman is slated to work as a setup man for the Mets following Jeurys Familia's (shoulder) reinstatement from the 10-day disabled list ahead of Sunday's game against the Diamondbacks, Matt Ehalt of The Bergen Record reports. As one of the Mets' top relievers this season, Gsellman was considered one of the likelier candidates to close for the Mets while Familia was sidelined. With the Mets going 2-6 during Familia's absence and Anthony Swarzak notching the lone save opportunity made available during that stretch, Gsellman didn't pay dividends for those who scooped him up in pursuit of help in the saves category. Gsellman should immediately settle back into a high-leverage role in front of Familia, whom manager Mickey Callaway stated he wouldn't be afraid to use in a save situation Sunday.
Gsellman allowed one hit and struck out two in two scoreless innings to pick up his sixth hold of the season in Sunday's win over the Yankees. With the Mets' bullpen in disarray and the team trying to snap an eight-game losing streak, manager Mickey Callaway elected to take no chances in protecting a 2-0 lead, using his best reliever in the seventh and eighth innings rather than saving Gsellman for the ninth. Jeurys Familia (shoulder) is currently on a rehab assignment and is expected back within the next week, but while he's out Gsellman still seems the most likely candidate for saves despite his usage Sunday.
Gsellman could see save chances with Jeurys Familia landing on the 10-day disabled list Friday with right shoulder soreness. Since a four-run hiccup May 2, Gsellman has been quite good, posting a 2.61 ERA and 1.16 WHIP over 20.2 innings. He's also racked up a couple saves in that span, seemingly putting him next in line for save chances behind Familia. AJ Ramos (shoulder) was brought in last season to fortify the back end, but he was a mess before landing on the DL, and Anthony Swarzak just returned from a DL stint of his own. Seth Lugo, meanwhile, has been thrust into starting duty.
Gsellman worked a perfect ninth inning Wednesday to record his second save of the season in a 4-1 win over the Braves. Manager Mickey Callaway elected to use Jeurys Familia in the eighth inning against the top of the Atlanta order, while Gsellman finished things up against the less dangerous trio of Kurt Suzuki, Johan Camargo and Preston Tucker. While the usage doesn't necessarily suggest a full changing of the guard at closer for New York, it does confirm that Gsellman is the top option behind Familia, and he could get more save opportunities moving forward if Callaway continues to show flexibility in how he deploys his best relievers.