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Jeurys Familia could be the Mets’ new closer

May 11, 2014, 9:15 PM EST

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Jeurys Familia pitched an unheralded 1 2/3 innings of effective relief for the Mets as they came from behind to beat the Phillies 5-4 on Sunday afternoon, avoiding a sweep. Familia, 24, has quietly been one of the Mets’ most reliable relievers this season and big things may be in store for him.

Via ESPN’s Adam Rubin, manager Terry Collins says Familia is moving closer to becoming the team’s closer. Familia lowered his ERA to 3.12 with Sunday’s effort and now has 14 strikeouts and six unintentional walks in 17 1/3 innings on the season.

Since losing Bobby Parnell to Tommy John surgery, the Mets have used a hodgepodge of relievers to close out games. Four different relievers — Kyle Farnsworth (2), Jose Valverde (2), Carlos Torres (1), and Daisuke Matsuzaka (1) — have recorded saves for the club. They would love to have some stability at the back end of their bullpen.

  1. arrooo - May 11, 2014 at 10:26 PM

    Fans have been asking for him to be the closer for weeks now . Typical Mets, always two weeks late

  2. dondada10 - May 11, 2014 at 10:28 PM

    Familia has always had great stuff. There was a long time where he was the Mets’ #1 prospect. His problem has always been command and composure. It’s good to see him harnessing his talents.

  3. zackd2 - May 11, 2014 at 10:57 PM

    Yay a mediocre team found it’s “closer”, as if that’s the missing piece.

  4. adenzeno - May 12, 2014 at 7:36 AM

    And in short order, Collins will burn him out..

    • uuddlrlrbastart - May 12, 2014 at 7:52 AM

      Either that or he will inevitably blow a save because all closers do and they’ll just move in whoever’s been effective the previous couple of weeks. I believe Gonzalez Germen is next on the list.

  5. adenzeno - May 12, 2014 at 11:04 AM

    Your observation is probaly more accurate than mine..

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