Mets Relief Pitchers
Relief pitchers are truly a conundrum. You just never know what you’re going to get…like the prize in a box of Cracker Jack. So try them once, and then maybe try them again?
Jeurys Familia (27) was the “savior” in 2015 when Jenrry Mejia was suspended and saved 43 games in 2015 and led the league with 51 saves in 2016. It was downhill from there. Another Mets reliever failure and then vilified. He saved only six games in 2017 and then was traded off to the Oakland A’s for the 2018 stretch run. The Mets signed him and brought him back as a free agent for the 2019 season but he has never been able to recapture what he did in 2015-16.
Jason Isringhausen (29, 44, 45) came up as a member of the Mets’ heralded “Generation K” in 1995 and he burst onto the scene with a 9-2 record and 2.81 ERA. But it all fell apart for him and arm injuries sidetracked his career. He was forced to sit out the entire 1998 season and resurrected his career as a reliever with the Oakland A’s.
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After a couple of nice seasons out of the pen, he moved on to the St. Louis Cardinals and became a dominant closer for seven years. Isringhausen did not play in 2010, and tried to make a comeback with the Mets in 2011 at the age of 38. He was not very effective and moved on to the Angels for one more season before retiring.