Jeurys Familia likely to remain in the bullpen

Jeurys Familia will not make his scheduled start Wednesday against the Phillies, Terry Collins told reporters yesterday. Instead, he will remain pitching in the bullpen, where the team has been encouraged by his performance.

Despite making 28 starts in the minor leagues this season, Familia has pitched strictly in relief since joining the Mets in September. He’s thrown five complete innings and allowed two runs (both of which came in the same game).

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

I like this. It limits his work, but – more importantly – it’s where a lot of people I talk with seem to think he’ll find long-term, big-league success anyway. Jenrry Mejia is different. It sounds to me like the Mets will give Mejia more time to work (this September and next Spring) to see if he can find his way as a starting pitcher. The word on Mejia is that he just hasn’t had the work load for people to make a firm assessment of his situation. I guess Familia is a different story, since I hear more and more people speculate on him being a reliever… maybe even a closer one day. Personally, I see Familia as a reliever as well – and, between him, Josh Edgin and Robert Carson, the Mets have the makings of a strong, young bullpen going in to next Spring.