Mets @ Dodgers June 20, 2017: McCarthy vs. Gsellman

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Following last night’s slugfest, tonight’s game will feature a pair of starters who specialize in inducing ground balls. It’ll be Brandon McCarthy (3.14 ERA, 3.19 FIP, 3.58 DRA) against 23-year-old righty Robert Gsellman (5.50 ERA, 4.57 FIP, 6.20 DRA), an L.A. native (and my former schoolmate — go Comets!).

Mets
Dodgers
7:10 p.m.
Los Angeles
CF
Conforto
2B
Forsythe
SS
Reyes
SS
Seager
LF
Céspedes
3B
Turner
RF
Bruce
1B
Bellinger
1B
Duda
 LF
Taylor
3B
T. Rivera
C
Grandal
C
R. Rivera RF Puig
2B
Cecchini
CF
Pederson
P
Gsellman (R)
P
 McCarthy (R)

McCarthy is making his 12th start of the year for the Dodgers. He’s been having a somewhat weird June. The overall results look pretty good: five earned runs in 16.1 IP across three starts. But one of those starts lasted just four innings, and in his most recent start, he didn’t strike out anyone in 5.1 IP.

Gsellman, who was a 13th-round draft pick in 2011, made his big league debut last August. He had a strong couple of months in 2016, putting up a 2.42 ERA in 44.2 IP. However, he’s struggled in 2017, bouncing around between the starting rotation and the bullpen (although assortment of injuries helped him to pretty quickly regain his starting role). Gsellman relies heavily on his sinker, which he throws at about 94 MPH. His secondary pitch is his fastball, which averages around the same. His pitch mix also includes a slider, a curveball, and a change up.

Per Marc Carig, this isn’t the first time Gsellman has pitched at Dodger Stadium:

Gsellman last pitched at Dodger Stadium in 2009. As a sophomore, he tossed a shutout to lead Westchester to the Division II Los Angeles city championship. “I pitched here in high school,” said Gsellman, who was later chosen by the Mets in the 13th round of the 2011 draft. “But that doesn’t count.”

It will, though, be the first time he’s pitched in front of his grandmother at a professional.

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Barring an emergency, we won’t be seeing Chris Hatcher tonight:

Looking ahead, Gsellman won’t be the only L.A.-area-born pitcher making his Dodger Stadium debut this series:

Tyler Pill, a Covina High School grad who played baseball for three seasons at Cal State Fullerton, debuted in May, making two starts and two relief appearances before being optioned back to Triple-A Las Vegas.

About Sarah Wexler

Sarah Wexler
Sarah Wexler is a native Angeleno and longtime Dodger fan. She began blogging about baseball in 2012 on her Tumblr, New Grass On The Field, where she covered an array of topics but especially enjoyed exploring baseball history. She now writes for The Hardball Times, FanGraphs and Sporting News, and co-hosts a podcast, The Hardball Times Audio. She recently earned her master's degree in Sports Management from Cal State Long Beach. She graduated from New York University in 2014 with a bachelor's in History and a minor in American Studies. She's an avid Springsteen fan, which is a big boost to her baseball writer cred.