Luis Rojas explains Mets' reasoning for having Robert Gsellman on Opening Day roster

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Robert Gsellman getting ready to throw a pitch in Mets' road uniform close crop
Robert Gsellman getting ready to throw a pitch in Mets' road uniform close crop

Robert Gsellman will be on the Mets' Opening Day roster despite struggling over the last few seasons and not distinguishing himself during spring training.

On Monday, Luis Rojas was asked to explain the Mets' reasoning for carrying Gsellman in the bullpen and discussed the impact it had on Mike Montgomery, who was released on Sunday.

"We like where the stuff is, we know that there are some things that he needs to work on and he'll put in place," Rojas told reporters via Zoom about Gsellman. "We talked the whole spring. But we like what the stuff can do and we like the ability of going multiple innings as well.

"Having (Joey) Lucchesi and having (David) Peterson being part of our starting rotation, I think having a guy like Gsellman who can go multiple innings and reverse it from the lefty to righty -- I think it's something that's gonna make a little more sense right now. That decision is what led to (releasing Montgomery), but we obviously expressed to Mike where we think his value is."

In addition to beating out Montgomery for a spot, Gsellman also beat out left-handers Stephen Tarpley and Jerry Blevins.

Along with Gsellman, the Mets' Opening Day bullpen -- which is expected to consist of eight pitchers -- should include Edwin Diaz, Trevor May, Aaron Loup, Miguel Castro, Jacob Barnes, Jeurys Familia, and Dellin Betances.

"The ability of giving the multiple innings out of the pen, I think it works for us right now knowing that we have two lefty starters and having a guy that can go multiple innings as a righty is something that we need," Rojas added about having Gsellman on the team.

"As we've talked about, there are a lot of guys on our roster who are known for being one inning guys. Something that (Gsellman) has done in the past, he's thrown two innings or even two-plus. ... G's stuff is there. And I think he'll come in and do something that he's done in the past -- help us win some games."