Much Needed Pitching Helps Mets Prevail in Win

By Lenny Ortiz

Now that’s what we’ve been looking for!

Robert Gsellman tossed 5.1 innings of two-run run baseball and the Mets’ lineup flexed their muscles, hitting three home runs in a 4-2 victory at Citi Field Saturday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates

All of New York knows the recent story of the Mets has been their bullpen; How many runs did they give up? Who did manager Terry Collins hand the ball to in a crucial situation? Every right move was made, and everyone did their job.

Although he didn’t get as deep into the game as Terry Collins wanted, Gsellman kept the Mets in the ballgame.

“He knows what he’s doing,” said Collins on his starting pitcher who’s been forced to take on a bigger role in the rotation after injuries have plagued the Mets.

“I think as his confidence grows, we’re gonna see a guy that we saw last September…” continued Collins, referring to the month where Gsellman made 6 starts and only allowed 8 runs.

“We’re gonna need him. Because if I’m thinking we’ve got five guys that are gonna get me through the summer, I’m kidding myself.” joked Collins, again touching on the injuries the Mets have dealt with this season and seasons of the past.

The offense was not overwhelming, however a 2-run blast by Neil Walker against his former club followed by solo shots off the bats of Jay Bruce and Wilmer Flores were just enough for New York.

Now finally New York can let out a big sigh of relief, as Fernando Salas picked Gsellman out of a two on, one out jam in the 6th inning. With Blevins following with a scoreless inning afterwards.

Then with a win in sight Collins went straight to closer Addison Reed for a two inning save.

“He never says a word. He just takes the baseball.” said Collins of his closer.

Reed took the ball and nailed down the six out save for the Amazins.

CitiField: Mets Home Field

CitiField: Mets Home Field

The game was then followed with a firework display, which only seemed fitting for the home crowd.

It’s been a long season so far for this Met bullpen, so you gotta celebrate these nights when you  get them. And with Seth Lugo and Steven Matz due back from injuries in the next week, Collins may have more relief with Gsellman scheduled to work out of the pen.

Despite the bad fortunes of this team, Citi Field was electric on Fireworks night and there is still plenty of baseball to be played that could enable the Mets to get back in the race to make baseball mean something in September.

Collins never gives up with his team and neither do Mets fans.

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