Jeurys Familia 2 (Baron)

Familia could close when Mejia’s unavailable

Jeurys Familia could get chances to close on days Jenrry Mejia is unavailable, Terry Collins said after Wednesday’s game.

Familia earned a five-out save on Wednesday, needing one pitch to induce a double play from Ike Davis in the 8th inning, then pitched a shutout 9th inning to close out the Mets 5-0 win. It was his first save of the season. He also earned a save during the 2013 season in his only save situation.

Familiar picked up his first major league hit on Wednesday, singling in the bottom of the 8th inning.




38 comments
Doubleday
Doubleday

"On days Jenrry Mejia is unavailable."  Huh?  John Franco, Billy Wagner, Roger McDowell, Tug McGraw, even Armando Benitez, as far as I remember were ALWAYS available.  You think Tervor Hoffman took a night off?  Eckersly? Mariano Rivera?  When did more than three outs a night become too difficult for a closerr?

So why didn't this occur to Collins the other day when he let Valverde blow another game for the Mets? You had a bullpen short 2 guys and you use your BEST arm to get ONE out. You have to question that logic. 

lindro88
lindro88

The pitching staff should be good enough to keep them in most games. If they can somehow find a way to score some runs on any kind of regular basis, it's not crazy to think this season can still be entertaining. All in all, through the negativity which has been deserved, they are still just a few games under .500. The NL looks pretty mediocre this year. I'm not suggesting a playoff run, but I know I'd settle for a competitive team. Maybe DW is finding some power. That would certainly help. Watching Colon today you can see how effective he can be against lesser lineups. Fortunately the NL has plenty of those.

Albert E Lewis
Albert E Lewis

I like this bullpen Familia ,Torres,Meija ,Black..just think we could use a better lefty reliever.. don't like Edgin or Rice.

John Kranzley
John Kranzley

This could actually be a pretty good rotation and bullpen once gee is back:

Niese

Gee

Colon

Wheeler

Degrom

Mejia

Familia

Dice-K

Torres

Black

Rice

Montero

kefhrny17
kefhrny17

I'm no pitching analyst, but being up 5-0 wouldn't be considered a save, would it?

Kenneth Meltsner
Kenneth Meltsner

If Familia ever masters his control he could be a premium closer. Mejia has got great stuff as well--perhaps not quite as lethal. Only took Sandy more than one-quarter of the season to learn what pretty much everyone else knew from Day One.

theglider
theglider

Sandy Koufax was in trouble once, prompting the bullpen to warm up and a visit from Walter Alston. He asked Koufax how he was feeling to which Sandy replied, "I'm feeling better than anyone you've got warming up."

If a pitcher is throwing well in the 8th then let him pitch the 9th. What's wrong with a two inning save?

Huell Babineaux
Huell Babineaux

exciting to finally have 95+ with wicked breaking stuff in the 7th 8th and 9th with Black Familia and Mejia

Jason Pereira
Jason Pereira

Aside from this recap being completely inaccurate (Mejia recorded 6 outs, how could he throw one pitch in the eighth, and he has 4 saves, not one), I agree with the philosophy of the Mets.

Joe Paulson
Joe Paulson

"Could" save?  In other news, the sun "might" rise tomorrow.

Brian Webster
Brian Webster

With the Mets best RPs Mejia, Familia and Dice K all being former SPs transitioning into the BP perhaps these multi inning saves should be something the Mets should experiment with.

Vee!
Vee!

Makes sense to me.

Doubleday
Doubleday

@Albert E Lewis Well you won't find me lobbying for Pedro Feliciano anymore.  He signed with the Cardinals.

lindro88
lindro88

Throw in Dice K as a long man and the staff really looks like a big league team. If they can somehow find a way to score runs, maybe they can keep it interesting.

Richard Alicea
Richard Alicea

@kefhrny17  you're are absolutely correct...the only way you get a save with that score is if you go 3 innings. 

TheJMan
TheJMan

@theglider


too often it's by the formula... 8th inning guy, closer ..... Good job by Collins last night (I don't say that often) -- 


and the reason behind Bobby V's biggest mistake in my opinion -- Game 6 NLCS vs ATL -- should've left in Hershiser 

richard58
richard58

@Jason Pereira Familia (not Mejia) came in with one on and one out. He threw one pitch to get a double play then stayed on for the ninth.

psi1
psi1

Collins is desperate to save his job. That's why Mejia was in for 6 outs on the night after the Hudgens firing let the dogs loose.

Sylvan Migdal
Sylvan Migdal

@Joe Wenzel  Edgin was activated from the minors two weeks ago. Since that day, he has more appearances (6) than Rice (5).

hankincolo
hankincolo

@Brian Webster You mean go old school? Bring back the days of Rollie Fingers, Goose, Tug and even Eck...Yes, I like it. 

JoeBourgeois
JoeBourgeois

@Brian Webster Yes, exactly. 2 innings from Mejia Tuesday, 2 from Familia Wednesday, 2 from Mejia Thursday. Saves their arms, keeps the best arms on the mound.

kefhrny17
kefhrny17

Thanks, that was informative!

masochist
masochist

@JoeBourgeois @Brian Webster I think it's a good way to go. If one of them pitches a quality 8th why not march him right back out for the ninth. Why take the chance that the other guy might have an off night. Familia has wicked stuff and Mejia seems to have a closer mentality. It should be easier to pitch well in the 9th coming off a strong 8th rather than coming in cold for the ninth. This 8th and 9th guy stuff shouldn't be written in stone. These guys were starters and need not be limited to one inning. It's about time that maybe the Mets take the initiative and start something new. Think outside the box. Six out saves might be a thing of the future instead of something that's taboo. How many times do you see a guy throw a perfect 8th and then the guy who comes in for the ninth gets lit up or least struggles? Lots, and not just with the Mets.

Brian Webster
Brian Webster

@JoeBourgeois Exactly. Even if they need the next day off from going multiple innings all 3 would be much more accustomed to going multiple innings in 1 appearance than an inning or less 2 or 3 days in a row.

Richard Alicea
Richard Alicea

@kefhrny17  back in the 70s and 80s there were many closers who threw 3 innings to get a save...there was no such animal as the set-up man.  Goose Gossage was renown for going 3 innings and getting a save. 

theglider
theglider

Edgin pitched Saturday in a close game and in both games in Sunday, also close games. I don't know what games you were watching but it wasn't those.

Sylvan Migdal
Sylvan Migdal

@Joe Wenzel @Sylvan Migdal Edgin has pitched in several close games. Got key 8th-inning outs in both ends of the Arizona doubleheader, for example.

I don't recall hearing anything about Rice being hurt. He hasn't had more than 4 days off in a row in a month.