The Glorious Closer Years
In 2015, he tied the team record of 43 saves in a season, doing this over the course of 76 games, spanning 78 innings while recording a career-best 1.85 ERA. In 2016, he would go on to break the record, saving 51 games for the Mets and earning himself his first career All-Star selection.
Despite his success over these two seasons, there were a few bad memories fans usually associate with Familia, and those, unfortunately, came in big spots. Even with dominate performances throughout the 2015 postseason, he blew 3 saves in the World Series against the Royals, who went on to beat the Mets in 5 games, although admittedly, two of those blown saves were due to poor fielding by the team’s infielders.
The following year, in the 2016 Wildcard Game against the San Francisco Giants, he entered in the 9th inning of a scoreless ballgame and gave up a 3-run home run. The Mets went on to lose the game 3-0 and were eliminated from the postseason.
The 2017 season was a lost year for Familia as well. After missing majority of the season due to a suspension and surgery to remove blockage from an artery in his shoulder, he only ended up appearing in 26 games with a 4.38 ERA, recording only 6 total saves.
Once he was healthy again, he rebounded in 2018. He appeared in 40 games and posted a 2.88 ERA with 17 saves before being traded to the Oakland A’s in July.
In 30 games with the Athletics in 2018, he posted a 3.45 ERA in 31.1 innings, serving as the setup man for closer Blake Treinen. Familia also pitched one scoreless inning against the Yankees in the 2018 AL Wildcard Game.