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Five Mets predictions for the 2019 season I didn’t get right

By Leen Amin
MIAMI, FLORIDA - MAY 17: Jacob deGrom #48 of the New York Mets reacts against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park on May 17, 2019 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FLORIDA - MAY 17: Jacob deGrom #48 of the New York Mets reacts against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park on May 17, 2019 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /
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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – MAY 20: Jeurys Familia #27 of the New York Mets reacts has he is pulled from the game against the Washington Nationals in the eighth inning at Citi Field on May 20, 2019 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) /

2. Jeurys Familia will thrive in his role as a setup man

Mets fans were ecstatic to hear that Jeurys Familia would be returning to Flushing in 2019 after being traded to the Oakland A’s in the second half of the 2018 season. Even though he wouldn’t be the team’s closer, signing him seemed to be a crucial part of bolstering the Mets’ bullpen that has been horrible for years.

Familia started the 2019 season as the Familia we all have gotten used to over the years. However, he went on to have a very rough month in April, finishing with a 7.11 ERA and pitching only two scoreless innings (in his first two appearances of the month).

He spent the first half of May on the IL and has looked quite good in his three appearances since rejoining the team, but fans still cannot help but worry. Hopefully, the bone spur in his shoulder that was bothering him is what made him one of the team’s worst pitchers.

Watching Familia pitch this season, however, has had me thinking of some pre-season predictions that Familia would not be an efficient set-up man. Maybe Familia only works as a closer. And maybe he cannot pitch more than an inning.

He has allowed one earned run since coming back from the IL, and that happened in the only outing where he pitched more than one inning. The Mets should experiment with him and try to limit each of his outings to just one inning, whether it be the eighth or an earlier inning.

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