Right-handed reliever Jeurys Familia, who was tremendous during spring training, has become the forgotten man in the Mets’ bullpen over the last few weeks.
Since being asked to work a third inning of relief during an eventual walk-off loss in Anaheim on April 11, Familia has appeared in just two games. His last appearance was April 18 against Atlanta.
Familia, who has posted a 5.87 ERA in 7.2 innings of work in 2014, hasn’t been stellar thus far in 2014.
However, three of Familia’s last four appearances have been solid: two perfect innings in Atlanta on April 9, two innings of shutout ball on April 11 before allowing a run during his third frame, and a scoreless inning on April 13.
This isn’t a call for Familia to close games. If he’s able to harness his stuff, though, Familia is the one pitcher in the bullpen who may turn into a long-term closer option.
Familia will only have the chance to reach his potential if he’s given a legitimate opportunity – something he hasn’t gotten so far in 2014.