Familia to pitch in more late inning roles down the stretch

Terry Collins told reporters he will use Jeurys Familia in late inning and high leverage roles for the remainder of the season so to determine whether or not he’s capable of contributing in that manner next season.

Familia has pitched to a 3.60 ERA in four relief appearances this month, having allowed two runs, five hits, no walks and five strikeouts in five innings.

Familia went 9-9 with a 4.73 ERA in 28 starts for Triple-A Buffalo this season. He allowed 72 earned runs, 145 hits, 73 walks and eight home runs in 137 innings.

Michael Baron, Contributor

Familia has shown outstanding stuff since he was added to the roster earlier this month. He has a hard fastball with downward movement through the strike zone along with a hard and heavy slider with a similar trajectory. I watched him during camp as well as some of his starts during the year with Buffalo, and he looked like a reliever, even though he was starting. He also doesn’t throw anything other than his fastball and slider with any sort of consistency, and so it would be difficult for him to succeed as a starter until he refines the rest of his game. I know the games aren’t very meaningful right now, but it’s important to see how Familia fares in higher leverage situations not only for the Mets in 2013, but as a potential trade chip this winter as well.