Mets Season in Review: Jeurys Familia
By Richard Heaton
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How he fared in 2016
This past season marked the first time since 1994 that a Mets closer lead the league in saves. All in all, Familia’s 51 saves in 56 opportunities were fairly impressive.
Of the six closers with 40 saves, only A.J. Ramos, Mark Melancon, and Zack Britton had better save conversion rates.
At the same time, all three of them have pitched fewer innings than Familia and were less susceptible to fatigue. Familia’s 77.2 innings pitched and 78 games played were the most of any reliever with more than 20 saves.
Aside for saves, was Familia really all that great?
Yes, yes, he was. Throughout the season his ERA had been above 3.00 just a handful of times. While he didn’t finish anywhere near his 1.85 from 2015, his 2.55 is still respectable.