Jesurys Familia gives the ball to manager Terry Collins after coming out of a game.

Jeurys Familia was off Monday due to minor velocity dip

Mets manager Terry Collins said that Jeurys Familia had the night off on Monday due to a minor velocity dip in recent games.

Collins said that Familia, whose fastball has averaged a tick above 96 MPH in 2014 and who touches 97 and 98 MPH at times, was sitting around 94 MPH during his appearance on Sunday.

Prior to his appearance on Sunday, Familia threw 45 pitches during his 1 2/3 innings of work on Friday and the Mets were concerned that he might be a bit tired.

Collins added that there is nothing physically wrong with Familia, who did not mention anything to the Mets that prompted them to rest him on Monday.




22 comments
Seth Berkowitz
Seth Berkowitz

Joe Janish covers this well. They ignore prescribed rest that should follow certain pitch counts.

"Collins is right in that Familia was used quite a bit after April — he appeared in 18 games in June. But it’s not necessarily about the volume over a period of time — it IS about how much rest and recovery a pitcher is given after outings. If a pitcher throws less than 20 pitches, he can throw every day, without rest. But once he gets to 27, one day of rest is needed. At 45, two days. 62, three days. 89, four days. These numbers were not picked out of a hat."


http://www.metstoday.com/9993/mets-2014-games/mets-game-89-win-over-braves/

Kenneth Meltsner
Kenneth Meltsner

Can you spell o-v-e-r-u-s-e-d?  Met track-record int his area is none too good (although it DID allow the Yankees to get thoroughly screwed on Feliciano). Look what those guys in the Bronx are doing with Betances. Push the guys like Black and Edgin for more than one or two batters. It's obvious that both Familia and Mejia have not been as sharp these past few weeks.

Max Denby
Max Denby

If We could measure Collins metal velocity he would be a knuckleballer.

cj1786
cj1786

The way Collins (and whoever else in the organization) are evaluating players based on velocity lately is starting to worry me.  That was how they determined Neise needed to go on the DL, and now they are mentioning in with Familia.  I just think its a terrible way to evaluate guys, at least publicly. Soon you will have the entire staff worried about their velocity.  Worried that if they are a mph or two off one day they will go to the DL or be held of games.  To me thats the last thing you want the players worried about. 

Eric Hack
Eric Hack

Collins mental velocity was off he needs to take a few days of R and R.

drmetfan
drmetfan

Collins is the worst at managing the bullpen. He is going to run these guys dry before the season is over.

Tortured Mets Fan
Tortured Mets Fan

I wish we could put Collins on the DL for his "Dip" in logic when it comes to making in game moves.

metsfan8x
metsfan8x

Ugh I hope we don't have another visit from Mr. Tommy John.

Bob Burket
Bob Burket

So since "nothing is wrong" does that mean a trip to the DL?

jamets
jamets

@Seth Berkowitz Ridiculous.  Every pitcher is different.  To make a sweeping statement like this about the amount of rest needed is a joke. 

jamets
jamets

@cj1786 I disagree.  When a pitcher's velocity suddenly drops, it should set off alarm bells.   Doesn't necessarily mean the guy has to go on the DL, but it is usually a sign that something is wrong and if you don't address it you could end up with a more significant injury.

Eric Hack
Eric Hack

@drmetfan He was pathetic with the double switch i never saw a worse one in my life!

cj1786
cj1786

@Joe Wenzel Agreed, I just posted something similar above.  With regards to the radar guns though, I'm sure they aren't relying on the stadium guns to make these decisions.  They likely have one of their scouts with their own gun there keeping track of everything. 

Eric Hack
Eric Hack

@jamets  Yeah and every hitter is different to impose a GM's hitting philosophy on the entire organization would be absurd.

cj1786
cj1786

@jamets @cj1786 I agree, thats why I said that they shouldn't be doing it publicly.  I think the team should monitor it. I mean if you don't want to give Familia a night off, just don't put him in the game.  Just have Terry say he thought he needed a day.  Don't come out and say its because of a couple of mph.  Now you might have guys overthrowing because they are worried.