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Mets Minors: Familia pitched scoreless inning Saturday night

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Sep 30, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) reacts to a victory against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. The New York Mets won 5-1. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 30, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) reacts to a victory against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. The New York Mets won 5-1. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
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While the Mets had a horrific game on Saturday night, Jeurys Familia threw a 1-2-3 inning for the St. Lucie Mets.

Well, the New York Mets may have lost, but the St. Lucie Mets won their third game in a row.

Familia came into the game in the seventh, and pitched a pretty perfect inning. He had a total of eight pitches, six of them for strikes, and one strikeout.

Naturally, we all know that the Mets could have very much used Familia on Saturday night. Luckily though, we’re almost at the end of his 15-game suspension. He should be eligible to return to the majors on April 20, when we’ll be facing our good friends, the Philadelphia Phillies.

In the meantime, it’s good to see Familia keeping loose down in the minors. He’s scheduled to pitch for the Binghamton Rumble Ponies (that name will definitely never get old) on Monday night at NYSEG Stadium, where the team takes on the Portland Sea Dogs.

Familia actually played in Binghamton back in 2011, before they were the Rumble Ponies, and when he was still a starting pitcher. During that season, he had 17 starts in which he went 4-4 with a 3.49 ERA.

We all know how Familia led the National League last season with 51 saves. We all know how also last season he became the 13th-ever to reach 50 saves. We all know how the team will benefit from having their closer back with them. This was beyond evident in Saturday night’s game where the Mets bullpen was entirely overworked… and mismanaged, but that’s another story.

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Addison Reed has been doing a great job as closer for the Mets in Familia’s absence. In 7 IP this season, he has a 1.29 ERA and has allowed only three hits. But, it’ll be nice to have a little more depth back in the bullpen, especially if the team decides to have more 16-inning games this season.

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