Mets Season Preview: Most likely Met to disappoint
May 21, 2014; New York, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) leaves the game in the eighth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports
Jeurys Familia had a phenomenal 2014 campaign out of the bullpen, showing why he was such a highly regarded prospect in the Mets farm system. Familia held his own as the primary setup man, posting a 2.21 ERA in 77.1 innings pitched. He even stuck out 73 batters and only allowed 19 earned runs to score. So, what’s not to like?
In 2014, only five pitchers in the entire major leagues appeared in as many games as Familia did. It was his first full season out of the bullpen and already he was exposed to so many games. Because of this reason, I have to make Familia the most likely Met to disappoint.
Just a disclaimer: I don’t think Familia will be a complete disappointment and I don’t expect him to have a high ERA, WHIP, or FIP, but I certainly don’t see him having a stellar season like last year. He’s been struggling so far this spring, appearing in nine games with a 6.75 ERA, all while allowing six earned runs. Terry Collins says his velocity has been the same, but his stuff hasn’t been fine tuned yet, which is okay.
I personally think the added arms – and returning ones – will help Familia keep his innings down. I hope I’m wrong, but I think his usage last year will dampen his performance this year.
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