Mar 31, 2014; New York, NY, USA; New York Mets manager Terry Collins (10) relieves relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) during the tenth inning against the Washington Nationals during an opening day baseball game at Citi Field. Washington Nationals won 9-7. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

Jeurys Familia has been invisible lately


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.

In the meantime, Carlos Torres and Scott Rice have both been overworked.

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.

While Jose Valverde, Kyle Farnsworth, and Daisuke Matsuzaka have gotten shots to close games and other members of the bullpen have been overworked, Jeurys Familia has gone largely unused.

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.

 

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