Good Mets known for one bad moment – Jeurys Familia
You know a moment is important in baseball lore when it has a name. Not many plays have a specific name, but this one does. You say it to a Mets fan and they know exactly what you mean. I’m referring to Jeurys Familia’s quick-pitch in Game One of the 2015 World Series.
The Mets had not been to the World Series since 2000 when they dropped the series to the New York Yankees. Their last trip to the playoffs ended with Beltran’s strikeout against Wainwright.
After narrowly defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NLDS 3 games to 2, the Mets blazed by the Chicago Cubs with a sweep in the NLCS. Now it was time to take on the Kansas City Royals.
With the Mets leading 4-3 in the bottom of the ninth, Familia took the mound looking to close it out as he had successfully done many times before. Familia attempted to catch the batter, Alex Gordon, by surprise with a quicker than usual pitch. Gordon wasn’t fooled in the least. He drove the ball over the wall and tied up the game.
The Mets would go onto lose the game and the series.
Familia never really recovered from this one pitch. Although he put together another great year in 2016, he blew the 2016 NL Wild Card game versus the San Francisco Giants with yet another big home run allowed. The amazing thing about this 2016 home run is that he allowed only one in the regular season.
Anyone who looks at Familia’s numbers might see talent. If you were to actually go through the pain of watching him pitch, even in his best years, you might think otherwise. He is best known for blowing big games, not closing them.