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Mets Exit Interview: Jeurys Familia reintroduced us to Murphy’s Law

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)
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)
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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)

We take a look back at Jeurys Familia’s 2019 season with the New York Mets which reintroduced us to Murphy’s Law where whatever can go wrong will.

The Jeurys Familia reunion didn’t go as the New York Mets planned. Only a few months after trading him to the Oakland Athletics, the Mets brought him back on a three-year deal. It was a questionable decision with Edwin Diaz already under team control. However, optimistic fans believed he could perform well as a setup man. After all, there’s not much pressure pitching then, right?

Unfortunately, the worst possible scenario happened for Familia. He stunk to high heavens. After his first earned run allowed, his ERA never dipped below 5.06 for the remainder of the season.

The Mets have Familia signed for two more seasons. In our exit interview with him for the 2019 season, we’ll examine what went right, what went wrong, and some expectations for the upcoming year.

What Went Right

The only thing shorter than the Amish phone book is the list of things that went well for Familia in 2019. Other than logging a lot of innings, what is there to say nice about his campaign?

Look at any number of his and you’ll probably find it at a career-worst total or near. Maybe the only positive takeaway is his good strikeout numbers. This didn’t help him get outs nearly as often as he needed to. Sometimes throwing strikes just leads to more hits by the opponent.

For Familia, the best thing is that he’s under contract for two more years with guaranteed money coming his way. This is possibly the worst news for the franchise and fans who were hoping to see much more.

If we want to look at this a little more positively, perhaps there’s a chance at redemption. He’ll pitch next season at 30-years-old. He is in no way an old player who should be cooked.

The year was a relatively healthy one for Familia. At the start of the season, this was one of the main concerns. His past workload made him a candidate for a lengthier IL stint than he ended up having. Considering his overall season numbers, I don’t think many Mets fans would have been upset if he took the Yoenis Cespedes or Jed Lowrie getaway trip.

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