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Five New York Mets closer options to consider for the 2020 season

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - AUGUST 11: Edwin Diaz #39 of the New York Mets pitches against the Washington Nationals during their game at Citi Field on August 11, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - AUGUST 11: Edwin Diaz #39 of the New York Mets pitches against the Washington Nationals during their game at Citi Field on August 11, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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DENVER, COLORADO – SEPTEMBER 16: Pitcher Jeurys Familia #27 of the New York Mets throws in the sixth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on September 16, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Jeurys Familia

Jeurys Familia is still under contract for two more years and unless the Mets are willing to eat some of the money owed, it is hard to see him going anywhere either.

Familia has had success closing for the Mets in the past so he can clearly handle the spotlight. He set the franchise record for most saves in a season in 2016 with 51, while also leading the league in saves that year. His strikeout rate is right where it has been for his career this year as well.

Just as recent as last season Familia was an effective closing pitcher, and with the Mets nonetheless. In 40 games with the Mets last season, he pitched 40.2 innings with a 2.88 ERA, a 1.23 WHIP, struck out 43 batters, and had 17 saves. Considering Familias success in Flushing in the past and his current contract, he is definitely an option to close games next year.

Seth Lugo

After all of the things Lugo has done this year for the Mets, he undoubtedly deserves a shot at closing games next year. Lugo has turned himself into a great relief pitcher after starting games earlier in his career. He has been the most consistent pitcher in the bullpen this year and has done a great job of coming in late and pitching multiple innings at times to hold onto Mets leads.

In 75.1 innings this season, Lugo has a 2.75 ERA, a 0.90 WHIP, 99 strikeouts, and 5 saves. If this is a preview of what Lugo could potentially do in the closer’s role for a full season I believe most, if not all would take it.

The only question is if the Mets want to keep Lugo in his current role closing games, or as a long relief pitcher since he is able to pitch multiple innings effectively or even convert him back into a starter if any pitchers are traded or depart via free agency. The Mets definitely have options with Lugo and having him close games is a good one.

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