Jeurys Familia in 2007
Okay, so let us forget about the 2015 World Series because that’s all a lot of Mets fans what to look at when they hear this name. Let’s be honest now we all loved Jeurys Familia before that World Series performance.
Familia was signed in 2007 as an amateur free agent for $100,000. He was a starter in the minors but when he made his MLB debut the Mets began to use him as a bullpen piece. He began his major league career as a setup man but then eventually became the clubs closer as Jenrry Mejia got suspended.
In his first full season as the closer, Familia recorded 43 saves in 48 opportunities to go along with his 1.85 ERA. This is when the Mets were sure of Familia as the closer of the future for the team. He helped lead the Met back to the postseason and had a solid performance before the World Series.
In the NLDS against the Dodgers he retired all 16 batters he faced along with two saves. In the NLCS Familia recorded three saves giving up two hits and then struck out Dexter Fowler to send the Mets back to their first World Series appearance since 2001.
He followed up his season the next year when he made his first all-star appearance by breaking a few Mets records. He recorded 32 consecutive saves dating back to the 2015 season breaking Billy Wagner’s team record. Another record he broke was 25 consecutive saves to start a season which was previously held by Armando Benitez. Yes, I said that name, Armando Benitez. He then broke the team record for most saves in a single season as he finished the 2016 season with 51 saves which also led the entire major league that year.