After Sunday’s victory, Mets manager Terry Collins said that Jeurys Familia, who has been tremendous over his last nine appearances, is “real close” to taking over the role of closer from Kyle Farnsworth.
Familia, 24, struggled with his control early on this season, but has walked only three batters over his last nine appearances (spanning 9.2 innings pitched), while holding the opposition scoreless in all but one of those appearances.
Overall, Familia has a 3.12 ERA and 1.27 WHIP in 17.1 innings pitched spanning 15 games. He’s allowed 14 hits, walked eight, and struck out 14.
When Familia is right, he has a devastating fastball/slider combination, and it’s that combination he’s been using to shut down the opposition lately.
It may be a bit soon to toss Familia in the closer role, but when the incumbent is Kyle Farnsworth – who no longer has the stuff necessary to close – it makes the potential move understandable.
If Familia can continue to keep his wildness in check, he has a chance to be the closer for the Mets for years to come – something that can’t be said for any of the other current members of the bullpen.