Yesterday, it was rookie A.J. Cole pitching against top 10 pitcher Noah Syndergaard, and today’s game has a similar match-up of another top 10 pitcher, Tanner Roark, going up against a rookie. The Mets, who have been victimized by numerous pitcher’s injuries, send rookie righty Robert Gsellman to the mound in his second career start.
Gsellman has a 3.72 ERA and was a 13th round draft pick by the Mets. He is very recognizable with his long dark hair in the Mets dugout. Gsellman throws a power sinker that has a mid-90’s velo averaging 95.0 mph, and he will mix in his four-seam fastball, a cutter, a change-up and a curveball.
Tanner Roark is vying for some top pitching honors and is working on achieving top 3 in ERA, Gold Glove consideration, and some Cy Young votes.
Last night was almost a must-win game for the Mets as their 2016 season aspirations are teetering on the edge as they need to pick up ground in the Wild Card chase. The Nationals are trying to clinch the NL East early and secure homefield advantage for the NLDS as both teams have a lot to play for.
Here is Tanner Roark’s stats against the Mets:
Washington Nationals and New York Mets
Stadium: CitiField, Queens, NY
1st Pitch: 7:10 pm EDT
TV: MASN2, SNY , MLB.tv
Line-ups (subject to change without notice):