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Three Mets players we cannot trust heading into the 2020 season

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JULY 18: Yoenis Cespedes #52 of the New York Mets reacts after grounding out in the sixth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Citi Field on July 18, 2017 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JULY 18: Yoenis Cespedes #52 of the New York Mets reacts after grounding out in the sixth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Citi Field on July 18, 2017 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – AUGUST 21: Jeurys Familia #27 of the New York Mets looks on from the dugout in the fifth inning against the Cleveland Indians at Citi Field on August 21, 2019 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Jeurys Familia

Where do we start with Jeurys Familia? Let’s start by asking if anyone ever did trust him.

During his best years with the Mets, Familia was a dazzling closer. From 2014-2016, you could have a tough time finding a relief pitcher who performed much better.

Unfortunately, three years hardly make up for the type of pitcher he has become. Familia suffered through injuries in 2017 before rebounding with a solid half-year in 2018 before he was traded away. It’s his most recent struggles which have everyone questioning what he’ll do for this squad in 2020.

Familia was so bad in 2020 the team couldn’t even turn to him to replace Edwin Diaz in the ninth inning when he went through his own troubles. Only a few years removed from leading the league with 51 saves in 2016, Familia was a much different pitcher this past year.

Nothing seemed to work. Whether it was a role change, extra rest, or whatever else Mickey Callaway attempted to do hoping for improvement, Familia faltered.

The season ended with Familia owning a 5.70 ERA in 60 innings pitched. His walk rate was an ugly 6.3 per nine innings—an obvious reason for why the year was such a notably bad one.

Familia has a long way to go if he’s going to have any chance of earning back our trust. He didn’t even show us he was capable of putting together an average season. Unlike the other men on this list, he doesn’t have the excuse of an injury.

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