Jeurys Familia handled the eighth, also got his fourth save

Jeurys Familia relieved Vic Black with the bases loaded and one out in the eighth inning.

He walked in a run, but avoided further damage, finishing the game for his fourth save.


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Familia is 2-3 with a 1.97 ERA in 61 relief appearances this season.

He is tied for the second-most appearances by a National League reliever this season.

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

Thankfully, he got a nice play from Wilmer Flores in the field off a rocket, one-hopper hit to the shortstop’s feet. Flores did a nice job knocking the ball down, followed by a smooth, calm throw for the out.

I love how composed Familia is on the mound, even in rocky situations. Of course, as was the case with Armando Benitez, Familia’s sinker scares me with runners on base, but he’s also young and learning how to handle these tight spots. In either case, it’s exciting to think of what the back-end of this bullpen can be in a year, with Familia, Jenrry Mejia and Bobby Parnell, all healthy, all capable of being the team’s closer on any given night.




20 comments
grillruben
grillruben

What I love about Familia is he's just a humungous dude that throws an effortless 96 plus and throws strikes. I think he has earned the closer role. We should take it way on him at this point of the season

Jesse Glaubitz
Jesse Glaubitz

I've been very impressed with Josh Edgin this year.  Not so much his stuff, but his poise and penchant for getting big outs.

owlnut
owlnut

His sinker is not a problem, it's the catcher who frames pitches but doesn't move his feet.

drmetfan
drmetfan

At this point I think Parnell would be the 3rd closer option. Familia looks and has the stuff to be the teams closer for years to come. Mejia has done a nice job and has shown that with more experience he can be a successful do the job. Also, let's not forget about Jack Leathersich as the 2nd lefty out of the pen along with Edgin. Next year the bullpen should be composed by Familia, Mejia, Parnell, Black, Torres, Edgin and Leathersich, 

Eddie_Dean
Eddie_Dean

Just my opinion, but of all of them this is the guy I want closing next year. He's the only one of them I think has the potential to be that next-level sort of closer if he can keep it all together. Like on the level of a Papelbon or a Kimbrel.

Jeff Robins
Jeff Robins

Not only did Flores handle the hot shot at his feet, but I'm pretty sure he was screened by the runner at the same time. What a play when we really need it! He might not have the greatest range at shortstop but he's certainly made a number of nice plays and I think turns the double play very nicely. I don't know what is happening with Murphy's fielding. It seems like he made himself into a pretty nice 2nd baseman but has now regressed. I wonder if his baby son isn't interrupting his sleep patterns. With Dilson Herrera doing so well at Binghamton, Murphy has to know that he'll be challenged next ST. Still, Murphy could end up in the AL as an outstanding DH. Even if we never trade for a middle infielder, I'm starting to get excited about some combination of Flores, Herrera, Reynolds and Tejada as our middle infield. We need to find the right combination next year and then stick with it. Well down the line we have Amex Rosario but he's only 18 and playing at Brooklyn. I also like LJ Mazzili as a reserve 2Bman in the future. I am not at all convinced that Gavin Cecchini will ever be a quality major leaguer.

metjetnet
metjetnet

Don't forget to add Vic Black & Josh Edgin in those late-game scenarios, too! Then, it gets even scarier! For the NL, yes, but also for Terry.

Just going on the (huge) assumption that Parnell comes back 80%-100% from surgery, Terry would be hard pressed to find innings & scenarios for them all, to keep them sharp.

With all of our other woes, what a wonderful woe to have...


shoes
shoes

@grillruben I love the possibility of Familia as the closer. Mejia is too hittable (RH bats are hitting over .300 vs Mejia and first batter numbers are truly awful) and I can't stand his ridiculous dance on the field after he loads the bases and gives up 2 runs, but somehow just barely doesn't blow the save. Just come in and get 1-2-3 outs or sit down and shut up.

If we get something from Parnell next season, great. Expect nothing and everything else will be a pleasant surprise.

grillruben
grillruben

Big outs? We were out of contention in June!!

Jayson Love
Jayson Love

@Eddie_Dean He has that potential but he needs to fix a lot of things first.  For one, it always takes him a batter or two to 'warm up' which is just flat out unacceptable.  He also hangs a lot of offspeed pitches

Macacawitz
Macacawitz

@metjetnet I don't think Parnell pitches for this team again.  I think he's been replaced.

Eddie_Dean
Eddie_Dean

@Jayson Love @Eddie_Dean Oh yeah, he definitely needs to iron some things out. But really, they all do except for Parnell (who just needs to show he's healthy and back to 100%) if they want to be the closer longterm.


Probably doesn't help that Terry goes to him so often, either. With all the young relievers the Mets have, and factoring in a starting rotation that has a lot of talent at least, no one should be in the top 5 in the NL in appearances next year. If the manager has any ability to handle a bullpen, then he should be able to rotate it to keep everyone fresh all season.

Vincent Santiago
Vincent Santiago

@Macacawitz @metjetnet I mean if one has Parnell then you do have to sign one less reliever next offseason.  If this team makes a big splash via the trade market I think parnell not a year removed from tommy john is going to have many people really excited in their excitement regions.

Jayson Love
Jayson Love

@Eddie_Dean @Jayson Love thats one of the reasons TC needs to go.  His handling of the bullpen and young arms.  Nothing seems to be on the same page on an organizational level.  We are trying to build for the future in upper management, while Terry is abusing arms like it's game 7 of the world series to save his job.  Mejia is injured and should be shut down (especially considering his injury history)

Jayson Love
Jayson Love

@Vincent Santiago @Macacawitz @metjetnet we are also not acquring a bullpen piece.  It's is generally a bad investment to sign a FA reliever. We have had moderate success in the past with Wagner and KRod  but in retrospect, it really was money wasted.  would you rather have a 10 million dollar closer not named Craig Kimbrell or a 10 million dollar outfielder?

Eddie_Dean
Eddie_Dean

@Jayson Love Completely agree on all counts. Ability to handle a bullpen is the most underrated component of what makes a good manager imo. It might be the responsibility of a manger that most directly impacts wins and losses. I think even more so that filling out a lineup card, and certainly more so than intangibles like his skills as a "motivator." Yet I rarely hear anyone talk about it in regards to whether Terry should stay, or who his replacement should be if he's jettisoned. I'm an admitted "Pro-Wally" guy, and a big part of it is I've read in several places that his skill in handling a bullpen over a full season is one of his greatest strengths. Be nice to see that put to the test, imo.

Jayson Love
Jayson Love

@ken1010 @Jayson Love both but more in terms of organizational incompetence.  We have a manager trying to win every game to save his job with a GM building for the future.  It just doesn't add up nor make sense

Jayson Love
Jayson Love

@Eddie_Dean In modern baseball the bullpen is almost more important than the starting staff.  in 2006 we had one of the best bullpens in baseball and one of the worst rotations (particularly once El Duque and pedro got injured) and our every day lineup and bullpen kept us in games and won us games in the late innings something this team doesn't do (win games late).  

Eddie_Dean
Eddie_Dean

@Jayson Love I actually think, as a whole, having a great bullpen is preferable to having a great starting rotation. The problem though is that bullpen arms are just so notoriously unreliable from year to year. At least, in respect to starters. Guys have great seasons out of the bullpen followed by terrible ones all the time, and it's just hard to predict.

And I put the problems with the pen all on Terry. Warthen doesn't decide when to pull a guy, or who to bring in to replace him. Or, for that matter, who to get up, which is probably what Terry's worst at if we want to break down his bullpen management as a whole into it's competent parts.It's not just how he'll overuse guys in games or number of appearances, but he has the same guys getting up and then sitting back all the time it seems. That's part of the equation too.