Best Case Scenario
Familia has had his ups and downs throughout his career but, for the most part, has been widely regarded as one of the better closers in baseball. The best-case scenario for Familia in 2019 would look something like what he did in 2015.
In 2015, he finished the season with a 1.85 ERA and 1.000 WHIP (both career lows), struck out 86 batters (a career high), and 43 saves.
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We definitely will not see him notch nearly as many saves because he is no longer the Mets’ primary closer but if the remainder of his numbers stay the same, Mets fans are in for a treat.
It’s about time that the Mets improve their bullpen and Familia is key to having a bullpen that can support their very strong starting rotation and can help take the team to the playoffs.
No one is entirely sure how exactly the Mets intend to use Familia, but it will probably be as a reliever who appears in later innings, most likely as the set-up man.
Jacob deGrom, baseball’s best pitcher in 2018, gives the Mets length but, too much of the time, is followed by relievers who blow his lead.
His less than impressive record of 10-9 in 2018 is proof of that. Mets’ fans will be delighted to see, for example, deGrom pitch a solid seven innings, be relieved by a strong Familia in the eighth, and then have Diaz close out the game.
Noah Syndergaard will probably provide greater length in 2019 than he did this past season and we will hope to see Familia give us some strong innings during those outings, as well.
If he can provide one or two innings of quality pitching without allowing many hits and runs, as he did in 2015, Mets fans will be more than happy.